A 10th-anniversary celebration of NYU Law’s Forum on Law, Culture & Society (FOLCS) last fall featured a conversation between legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and Thane Rosenbaum, director of FOLCS and a distinguished fellow at the Law School. What appeals to Toobin about covering law-related subjects, he said, is “the endless newness of the law.”

FOLCS continued to draw an array of luminaries at the beginning of its second decade. In a post-screening discussion of The Bonfire of the VanitiesTom Wolfe recalled visiting Wall Street 25 years after publishing his novel: “All of the great masters of the universe are now little clerks behind a bank of computers.” During another event, former US Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, reflecting on what he had learned in government, said, “It seems to me the best economic policymakers are always engaged in a kind of reflective equilibrium between the political and the economic aspects.”

Other discussions included famous NYPD whistleblower Frank Serpico; US Attorney Preet Bhararaactors Jesse Eisenberg, Paul Giamatti, and David Strathairn; French intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévyand New York Giants Hall of Famer Harry Carson.

Posted September 2, 2016