September 22, 2009 Ronald Dworkin to Deliver Inaugural Kellogg Lecture on Jurisprudence on Oct. 26

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Ronald Dworkin, professor of jurisprudence at University College London and the New York University School of Law, will deliver the inaugural Frederic R. and Molly S. Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress, located at 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The lecture, titled “Is There Truth in Interpretation? Law, Literature and History,” will focus on the philosophical aspects of the law.

The event, which is sponsored by the Library of Congress and administered by the Law Library of Congress, is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Reservations are required by Oct. 23 at (202) 707-9834, or

Dworkin was chosen by a three-member panel of individuals selected by the Kelloggs, the Librarian of Congress and the Law Librarian of Congress. Drawn from contributors to the traditions of international jurisprudence, candidates were judged on their writings, reputation and continuing (or prospective) influence on contemporary literature in the field.

Born in Worcester, Mass., Dworkin was educated at Harvard University and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and a student of prominent British lawyer and academic Sir Rupert Cross. Dworkin attended Harvard Law School and subsequently clerked for Judge Learned Hand of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. A former professor of jurisprudence at the University of Oxford, Dworkin is widely known as one of the foremost American legal philosophers. He is the author of many articles in philosophical and legal journals and has written numerous books, as well as articles on legal and political topics in the New York Review of Books. In 2007, Dworkin was awarded the Holberg Memorial Prize in the Humanities by the Kingdom of Norway.

The Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence has been endowed by Frederic R. and Molly S. Kellogg. Frederic Rogers Kellogg was born in Boston and attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He served as an assistant U.S. Attorney and later advisor to Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson during the Watergate crisis. He later earned a doctorate in jurisprudence at the George Washington University and published two books on Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. A former Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, he is currently a Sir Neil MacCormick Fellow at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Molly Shulman Kellogg was born in Dallas, Texas, and grew up in Kilgore. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1963 and moved to Washington, D.C., where she served for 30 years as executive assistant to Congressman J.J. “Jake” Pickle of Austin. She co-chairs the Board of the General Henry Knox Museum in Thomaston, Maine.

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