Fordham Law

Law, Culture, and Society Forum Inauguration Features Doctorow, Kushner

January 24, 2006

Novelist E.L. Doctorow and playwright/screenwriter Tony Kushner discussed the conspiracy trial and execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg to launch Fordham Law School's Forum on Law, Culture, and Society last week.

Doctorow, author of The Book of Daniel, and Kushner, creator of Angels in America, participated in conversation about their respective works of art about the case.
The discussion was moderated by Thane Rosenbaum, Director of the Forum and Fordham's John Whelan Distinguished Lecturer of Law.

The conversation inaugurated the Forum on Law, Culture, and Society, a public humanities program that offers a respectful, engaging town hall setting for the general public to satisfy their intellectual curiosity on matters of law, justice, and civil society.

"The public, understandably, is fascinated by the legal system, but mystified by it, as well," Rosenbaum said.  "The Forum is dedicated to bringing a different kind of clarity to the legal system by engaging artists, writers and intellectuals in conversations about the nature of judgment, the longing for true justice, and the impulses for reconciliation and revenge."

Fordham Dean William Michael Treanor said the Forum is a vital extension of the School’s goals.

"Fordham has been deeply committed to the pursuit of justice since our creation, and we have combined that commitment with a commitment to rigorous intellectual inquiry," Treanor said.  "This Forum advances our collective goals."

The conversations will continue in cyberspace on the Forum’s blog at The public is invited to join in the discussion.

For more information on the January 19 event, see the New York Times article, “Truth, Fiction, and the Rosenbergs.”