Doni Gewirtzman, New York Law School: “Teaching and Theater: The Craft of Law Teaching”
Doni Gewirtzman is a Professor of Law at New York Law School. He presented with the Craft of Law Teaching Pod at the 2014 Igniting Law Teaching conference. His talk, “Teaching and Theater: The Craft of Law Teaching,” states that professors are live performers, and that law professors compete with methods of conveying information that are often more efficient, more effective, and more compelling than we are. In order to survive in this new world, law teachers have much to learn from live theater, an art form that has survive in the face of rampant competition and new technology. Professor Gewirtzman’s talk focuses on what law professors can learn from live performance and the ways we can exploit its unique educational advantages.
Professor Gewirtzman has been named New York Law School’s “Teacher of the Year” three times; he teaches Constitutional Law and different areas of social science such as the role of emotion in decision-making at the University. He is also the co-director of NYLS’ Initiative for Excellence in Law Teaching (IELT). In his spare time, he enjoys the theater, plays guitar, jazz piano, the ukulele, and obscure German board games.
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