On March 11 and 12, Debora Threedy, Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, presented at the annual conference for the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities in Las Vegas. A panel she organized on Gender, Law and Literature included a staged reading of her one-act play, Stumped, which was inspired by the infamous Supreme Court case of Stump v. Sparkman. After the play was read, three panelists from various disciplines offered comments: Aden Ross, a playwright, commented on the play from a theatrical perspective; Professor Kristen Kalsem from the University of Cincinnati College of Law (who also holds a Ph.D. in literature), from a law and literature perspective; and Professor Laura Kessler from the College of Law, from a legal perspective.
At the conference, Threedy also presented her article, “Claiming the Shields: Law, Anthropology, and the Role of Storytelling in a NAGPRA Repatriation Case Study.” This was followed by commentary from Professors Alex Skibine from the College of Law and Susan Bruning from Southern Methodist University, who is both a lawyer and working on her Ph.D. in anthropology.