CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
In the Green Room

UCLA Labor Law Scholar Katherine Stone

There’s a Lot More Openness to New Ideas

Photo by Juan Ocampo.

Katherine Stone, a professor at UCLA School of Law, is a leading expert in labor and employment law in the United States and author, most recently, of Rethinking Workplace Regulation: Beyond the Standard Contract of Employment. Before joining a Zócalo/UCLA panel discussion in Los Angeles asking “Does Globalization Only Serve Elites?” she spoke in the Zócalo green room about the joys of reading, yearning for a better memory, and finding inspiration in everyday people.

Q:
What’s the last book you read?

A:
Stoner, a 1965 novel by John Mitchell. It’s about an English professor living in the early 20th century who grew up in a rural area and sort of stepped into the academic world. He’d planned to study agronomy but wound up being drawn to literature.

Q:
If you could live in any other time, past, present, or future, when would it be and why?

A:
I think the present time, because there are many more opportunities for women than there were in the past, and there’s a lot more openness to new ideas and to people choosing their own paths and not being locked into conceptions of what their lives should be like. I find that very exciting.

Q:
What do you do to clear your mind?

A:
Sometimes I take long walks. Or just sit someplace pretty where I can just take in some kind of beautiful landscape.

Q:
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A:
I don’t think I had any idea. I really don’t.

Q:
What superpower would you most like to have?

A:
A perfect memory.

Q:
What inspires you?

A:
People around me. My family. My students, my friends. People I meet at events like this, or when I’m giving talks, or just even in the course of walking down the street.

Q:
What’s your favorite place in Los Angeles?

A:
My house.

Q:
How would you describe yourself in five words or less?

A:
Resourceful, curious, loving of my family, adventurous.

Q:
What would you do if you had one more hour in the day?

A:
Read more.