On November 3, the Legal Forum will host the 2017 Syposium: The Wire: Law, Crime, and Urban Institutions.
On behalf of our entire board, I’m pleased to announce that the 2017 Symposium and 2018 Volume will invite scholars to engage in a retrospective on the critically-acclaimed television show The Wire, tentatively titled “The Wire: Law, Crime, and Urban Institutions.” The tenth anniversary of the show’s last episode presents a unique moment to consider the ways in which the Wire illuminates the pressing social issues facing American cities today, and how the show has influenced understanding of those issues. Our Symposium will prompt scholars to use The Wire as a lens to view pressing themes at the intersection of law and culture, largely in a way that hasn’t been done before. And staffers will be able to use a salient pop culture hook as a launching point for comments examining law in city centers, with possible topics ranging from drug legalization to state and local control over public schooling.
Irene Hickey Sullivan