RALEIGH, N.C. – Campbell Law School’s Community, Diversity and Student Life Committee will host Brian L. Frye for “Watergate and the Historiography of the Presidency” on Monday, March 24 at 6 p.m. A filmmaker and law professor, Frye recently produced Our Nixon, which was broadcast on CNN and opened in theaters nationwide. He teaches courses in copyright, intellectual property, nonprofit organizations and civil procedure at the University of Kentucky College of Law.
In “Watergate and the Historiography of the Presidency,” Frye will explain how transparency laws affecting the executive branch have inadvertently affected the historical record. After the resignation of President Nixon, Congress enacted laws mandating the preservation and disclosure of executive branch records. In the course of making Our Nixon, Frye discovered that Nixon and his predecessors had created categories of documents that their successors have not. While executive transparency laws preserve documents that are created, they also discourage the creation of many documents, thereby affecting the scope of the historical record. Frye will share examples of the kinds of documents that are no longer created.
Before joining the faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Law, Frye taught as a visiting assistant professor of law at Hofstra University School of Law. Prior to his career in academia, Frye was a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City. He clerked for Judge Andrew J. Kleinfeld of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Richard B. Sanders of the Washington Supreme Court. He received a J.D. from the New York University School of Law in 2005, an M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1997 and a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995. His research focuses on legal issues affecting artists and arts organizations.
Frye’s other films have been shown in the Whitney Biennial 2002, the New York Film Festival, and the San Francisco International Film Festival, among other venues, and are in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. His critical writing on film and art has appeared in October, The New Republic, Film Comment, Cineaste, Senses of Cinema, and Incite! among other journals.
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