New York, April 7, 2014—Coming to a classroom near you: movie night.
Professors Kathryn Judge and Robert J. Jackson Jr. will host an event Wednesday night on the 2008 economic crisis, but it won’t involve the Socratic method. Instead, the corporate law experts are showing—and discussing—HBO’s Too Big To Fail, a behind-the-scenes look at the crisis based on the book by Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times.
The film is the latest installment in a new movie screening series launched by Columbia Law School Vice Dean and Stanley H. Fuld Professor of Law Gillian E. Metzger '95 and Dean of Students Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin '99. The series is part of an ongoing effort to increase opportunities for students and faculty to interact and discuss important issues outside the confines of conference rooms and lecture halls.
The response so far? Two thumbs up. Juliana Utley, assistant director of student services, coordinates the program and helps set the movie mood, providing everything from posters to popcorn. Greenberg-Kobrin said her office has been flooded by requests from faculty members who want to participate; several films are already scheduled for next year.
The Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and the Latino/a Law Students Association co-hosted last month’s viewing of The Least of These, a documentary about the detention of immigrant families, with Mukherjee, who recently launched Columbia Law School’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic.
“There’s something about a movie that breaks down professional barriers between people,” said Allegra A. Noonan ’15, vice president of the society.
Noonan said Mukherjee, who worked on the litigation featured in the film as a staff attorney at the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program, introduced the film and talked to students about the constitutional claims at issue.
“It was very clear she was open to follow up questions from anyone,” Noonan said. “I think the film series is a great way for professors and students to interact in a different setting.”
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