Sacred Truth and Secular Agency: Shari'ah Norms and Political Enforcement
Lamin Sanneh, holder of the Chair of Countries and Cultures of the South at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress and D. Willis James Professor of Missions & World Christianity and professor of history at Yale University, discussed "Sacred Truth and Secular Agency: Shari'ah Norms and Political Enforcement" on Thursday, April 7, 2005 at the Library of Congress. In the ...
Covering America: A Narrative History of a Nation's Journalism
Christopher B. Daly discusses the development of journalism in America from the early 1700s to the digital revolution of today. Daly placed the current journalism crisis within a broader historical context, showing how it is only the latest in a series of transitions that have required journalists to devise new ways of plying their trade.
The Continuing Problem of Custom: From the Medieval Jurists to the Supreme Court
Western legal systems have from ancient times acknowledged that binding laws could be made bottom-up through the repeat behavior of the members of the community as well as top-down through legislation and court decisions, but explaining exactly how behavior creates law has vexed legal thinkers for centuries. This is as true today, in particular in the realm of customary international law, as it was ...
Abkhazia and the New Cold War
Before the summer of 2008, it is likely that most Americans had never heard of Abkhazia. Paul Crego discusses the history, language and culture of the Abkhazian people and the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict as it developed in the late Soviet period through the 1992-1993 war. Abkhazia in the context of geopolitical conflicts was also covered. Further, he discussed his assessment that Abkhazia has become a ...
Abbas Milani & The Shah
Over the course of almost 40 years, Mohammad Reza Shah was a colossus in Iran, the one constant in a swirl of changing loyalties, political fortunes, and pressures both domestic and international; by the end of his reign, virtually no state decision could be taken, save by him. Abbas Milani discusses the ruler in his latest book, "The Shah".
Voyage of the St. Louis
A panel discussion on the 75th anniversary of the sailing of the refugee ship the St. Louis, "the saddest ship afloat" (New York Times). On May 13, 1939, over 900 Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany left Hamburg, Germany. Turned away from Cuba, the U.S, and Canada, the St. Louis returned to Europe, a symbol of the world's indifference to the gathering Holocaust.
A Matter of Law: A Memoir of Struggle in the Cause of Equal Rights
Judge Robert L. Carter, an intellectual architect for the civil rights movement and the man who argued the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case before the Supreme Court, discussed his recently published memoir, "A Matter of Law: A Memoir of Struggle in the Cause of Equal Rights." "A Matter of Law" is the story of Carter's struggle for equal rights for all Americans. ...
Carter, Judge Robert L.
Real Realpolitik: A History
John Bew argues that real realpolitik is ripe for excavation and rediscovery as it undergoes a renaissance in the English-speaking world. Bew argues that the original concept of 'realpolitik' is still relevant to the challenges of the 21st century. Its use in the English language provides a window into the soul of Anglo-American political culture.
Imad Moustapha: Syrian Cultural Event
Imad Moustapha, Syrian Ambassador to the United States and Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Professor and Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture Department of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Strickland v. Washington Conference: Keynote Address
The Law Library and the Constitution Project cosponsored a day-long conference on the right to the effective assistance of counsel and, in particular, the case of Strickland v. Washington. Sandra Day O'Connor, retired Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, provided the keynote address and took questions from the audience. Justice O'Connor spoke of the impact of Strickland v. Washington and cited it as one ...
O'connor, Sandra Day
Women from the Nigerien Sahel
Antoinette Tidjani Alou discussed "The Secret Faces of Women from the Nigerien Sahel: Agency, Influence and Contemporary Challenges."
Tidjani Alou, Antoinette
No Place to Hide: Behind the Scenes of Our Emerging Surveillance Society
Robert O'Harrow, reporter for the Washington Post, discussed his book, "No Place to Hide: Behind the Scenes of Our Emerging Surveillance Society." In his talk, O'Harrow discusses how the government, using advanced computer technology, is accumulating private marketing, medical, travel and other personal data on citizens as it steps up its fight against terrorism and what the impact of these practices is on traditional ...
Life & Works of Naguib Mahfuz Symposium, Part 2
Egyptian author and screen playwright Naguib Mahfuz (1911-2006), the 1988 Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature, is the subject of this international symposium co-sponsored with the Egyptian Embassy. Part 2, afternoon sessions, included remarks by William Hutchins, Valerie Anishchenkova, Ahmed Shams Al-Din Hajjaji and Mohamed Helmy El Borai.
Presidential Campaign Posters
Along with every presidential campaign there are great campaign posters. There are also ridiculous ones. In "Presidential Campaign Posters: Two Hundred Years of Election Art" editors and curators of the Library of Congress have mined the institution's extraordinary collections for 100 posters, from the campaigns of Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama.
Magna Carta from Runnymede to Washington: Old Laws, New Discoveries
In his lecture, Nicholas Vincent explained Magna Carta's connection to Washington, D.C., a story that contains many strange twists and turns. He will also revealed new information on copies of Magna Carta elsewhere, on the meaning and history of the great document, and how the legend of Magna Carta has been exploited by all shades of political opinion.