All talks are from 4:20 to 6:20 in Redstone 410.

  • Thursday, February 2nd

Clifford Ando, David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor; Professor of Classics, History and Law, Department of Classics, University of Chicago, “The Emergence of a Notion of Sovereignty over Territory in Roman Public Law”.


  • Thursday, February 16th

Samuel Moyn, Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law and Professor of History Harvard University, “The Second Bill of Rights: A Reconsideration”.


  • Thursday, March 2nd

Jo Guldi, Assistant Professor, Southern Methodist University, Dedham College of Humanities and Sciences, “The Legal Revolution of Land Reform and the Changing Language of Property, 1820-1917“.


  • Thursday, March 23rd

Amalia Kessler, Lewis Talbot and Nadine Hearn Shelton Professor of International Legal Studies and Professor of History, Stanford University, “Inventing American Exceptionalism: The Origins of American Adversarial Legal Culture, 1800-1877″.


  • Thursday, March 30th

Nara Milanich, Professor of History, Department of History, Barnard College, Who’s Your Daddy?: The Science and Law of Paternity in the Twentieth Century.


  • Thursday, April 13th

Gregory Ablavsky, Assistant Professor of Law, Stanford University Law School, “The Rise of Federal Title”.


Past Speakers


  • Emma Teng, MIT School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
  • David Armitage, Harvard University
  • Jennifer Pitts, University of Chicago
  • Gregory S. Alexander, Cornell University School of Law
  • Saul Cornell, Fordham University
  • Karen Tani, University of California-Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • Oren Bracha, University of Texas School of Law


  • William E. Forbath, University of Texas, Austin School of Law
  • Josh Chafetz, Cornell University School of Law
  • Chris L. Tomlins, University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • Tamar Herzog, Harvard University
  • Lauren A. Benton, New York University
  • James Q. Whitman, Yale Law School


  • Ariela Gross, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
  • Jedediah Purdy, Duke Law School
  • Jed Shugerman, Harvard Law School
  • “Jews, Law, and Identity Politics,” William Forbath, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • Sara McDougall, John Jay College, CUNY, History Department
  • Logan E. Sawyer, University of Georgia School of Law


  • “Exits: Forming International Rules on Expatriation,” Lucy Salyer, University of New Hampshire History Department
  • “The Last Days of the Warren Court,” Laura Kalman, University of California Santa Barbara History Department
  • “The Baseball Trust: Baseball’s First Antitrust Crisis, 1912-1916,” Stuart Banner, UCLA School of Law
  • “Birth, Belief, and Blood: Allegiance during the American Civil War,” Michael Vorenberg, Brown University History Department
  • “Reproductive Medicine in the Legal Shadows: Artificial Insemination, 1890-1945,” Kara Swanson, Northeastern University Law School


  • “The Enclosure of Justice: Courtroom Architecture, Due Process, and the Dead Metaphor of Trial,” Norman Spaulding, Nelson Bowman Sweitzer and Marie B. Sweitzer Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
  • Selections from The People’s Courts: The Rise of Judicial elections and judicial Power in America, Jed Shugerman, Harvard Law School
  • “Recasting the Canon of Family Law,” Jill Hasday, Univ. Minnesota Law School
  • “The Bomb-Proof Power,” Michele Landis Dauber, Stanford Law School
  • “Can ‘Necessitous Men’ Ever be Free? Exigency, Security, and the American Political Constitution,” Tommy Crocker, Univ. of South Carolina School of Law

More Information

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