Civil Rights Through Art & Law

Portland Museum of Art, August 11, 6:00 pm

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A conversation about the arts, the law, and civil rights nationally and in Maine

Join the Maine Humanities Council, the University of Maine School of Law, and the Portland Museum of Art on August 11 for an intimate conversation between artist David Driskell and lawyer Melvyn Zarr, facilitated by Danielle Conway, Dean of the Maine School of Law, on the civil rights movement as filtered through the lenses of art and law. This program is free but does require registration (below).

David DriskellDavid Driskell completed the art program at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1953 and has had a studio in Maine for over 40 years. He is the recipient this year of the Skowhegan School’s Lifetime Legacy Award. A Professor of Art at the University of Maryland and a recipient of the National Humanities Medal in 2000 (among many other honors), Professor Driskell’s career and much of his own work has highlighted artistic narratives of the African American experience, a legacy that was honored in 2001 with the founding of the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland.


Mel ZarrMelvyn Zarr has been a leader in teaching and public service for over 40 years at the University of Maine School of Law. He began his career in 1963 as a civil rights lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, where he developed an expertise in helping his clients, including Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., find refuge in the federal courts. He also conducted civil rights litigation in Mississippi and Alabama.


Danielle ConwayDanielle M. Conway is Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law. She is a leading expert in public procurement law, entrepreneurship, and intellectual property law. She teaches in the areas of Intellectual Property Law, Licensing Intellectual Property, International Intellectual Property Law, Internet Law & Policy, and Government Contract Law.

Articles written by Dean Conway have appeared in numerous journals and law reviews, including the Washington University Global Studies Law Review, Computer Law Review and Technology JournalSouthern Methodist University Law Review,Texas Wesleyan Law Review, and Michigan Journal of Race and Law. She has lectured in the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Ghana, Palau, Micronesia, Australia, New Zealand, and Mongolia on topics including globalization, government contract law, intellectual property law, intellectual property licensing, and Indigenous Peoples’ rights.

Dean Conway has more than 20 years of active and reserve duty service with the U.S. Army, and recently was sworn in to the Maine Army National Guard (MEARNG). She currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel.


Registration is now closed. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, call the MHC office at (207) 773-5051.

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Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.