Michele Goodwin

Angela Harris: The Person, the Teacher, the Scholar

Angela Harris has written eloquently about the creative tensions that define her as a person, a teacher, and a scholar. She has explored the challenges of maintaining a private identity when called upon to share her life experience with a public audience, whether in the classroom, at a conference, or in an essay. She has reflected on the ways in which legal teaching privileges reason over emotion, wondering whether this dynamic impoverishes the exchange of ideas and undervalues the joy that can motivate a caring advocate. And, she has explored the dialectic between identity politics and the structural forces that entrench inequality. Angela argues that whatever post-modern doubts critical race theorists may harbor about the utility of law in effecting change, they must act as pragmatic modernists who strive to combat injustice. In all of this work, Angela demonstrates the creativity, candor, courage, and compassion that inspire all of us to dedicate ourselves to making a difference.

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