An HLS symposium celebrates the writing and teaching of Sally Falk Moore

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Sally Falk Moore, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Anthropology, Emerita, has had a distinguished and multifaceted career: as a staff attorney at the Nuremberg Trials; as the author of important studies of property and power among the Incas, and of land law and economic and political change in Tanzania; as a professor of anthropology at UCLA and Harvard; and as dean of Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

On Sept. 21, more than 80 lawyers, anthropologists, students and friends gathered at a symposium at Harvard Law School to honor Moore for her more recent work as an Affiliated Professor in International Legal Studies at HLS and her extraordinary service as a teacher and mentor to students in the HLS Graduate Program.

The symposium was designed to celebrate Moore’s scholarship by inviting colleagues to present current work at the intersection of law and anthropology. The program featured papers by Jean Comaroff and John L. Comaroff, Professors of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology at Harvard, and Richard A. Wilson, Gladstein Chair of Human Rights, Professor of Anthropology and Law, and Director of the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut. Janet Halley, Royall Professor of Law, and Jane Fair Bestor, Special Assistant to the Graduate Program, organized the event.

See a video of the full event on the HLS website, including the Comaroff’s story of Khulekani Kumalo (6:35), a legendary Zulu folk musician who died in 2009 but reappeared in 2012 claiming he had been held a zombie captive.