Fordham Law

Sonia Katyal to Speak about Property Outlaws

October 25, 2010

Fordham Law Professor Sonia Katyal will speak about her book Property Outlaws on October 28 at Eyebeam in New York. Eyebeam is the leading not-for-profit art and technology center in the United States.

Katyal will be joined by a group of artists, innovators, writers, and activists to discuss their views on the relationship between forms of civil disobedience and innovation. Discussants include Brooke Singer, Eyebeam Fellow, Media Artist, and Associate Professor of New Media at Purchase College, State University of New York; Jordan Seiler, founder of PublicAdCampaign; and Fred Benenson, Digital Activist / Artist / etc, R&D, Kickstarter. Moderating the discussion will Stephen Duncombe, Associate Professor, Gallatin School, New York University and Co-Director, Center for Artistic Activism with a possible appearance by Andrew Boyd, Chairman of the Blurb, Agit-Pop Communications; Co-Founder, The Other 98%; Founder, Billionaires for Bush; Troublemaker@Large, Planet Earth

In the book, Katyal and coauthor Eduardo Peñalver contend that some forms of disobedience can often lead to an improvement in legal regulation. Questions that the Thursday event will explore include the following: What role does disobedience play in inducing innovation, and who lives in the grey areas of the law? Is innovation always a social practice? What makes an initiative successful—is it larger systemic change or policy change?

The event will begin at 6:30pm on October 28 and is open to the public. Eyebeam is located at 540 W. 21st St. (between 10th and 11th Avenues).

To register for the event, visit Eyebeam's website.