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Today, it is clear that the secularization thesis, famous for its prediction of the decline of religion and of its elimination from the public sphere, has failed. Religion remains a force in the contemporary world keeping its hold not only on the private lives of individuals, but also tenaciously maintaining its presence in the politics of not only individual states but also of the international legal order. Yet, if the secularization thesis has failed, secularism — the constitutional structure built on (varying degrees of) the formal separation of religion and politics — has surely become an ineluctable condition of much of the modern world.
The result of this contradiction is that contestations over religion-state relations remains a protracted feature of our increasingly religiously and ideologically polarized world. This Byse workshop will explore the debates over religion-state relations in comparative contexts.More event details »
Have you ever had a sleepless night or more than one? Come learn more about the medical and emotional aspects of insomnia-and how you might put this subject to bed.
Lunch provided.More event details »
Please join HALB and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP for a moderated question and answer session with a partner.More event details »
Byse Workshop – Urban Segregation and Inequality in Latin American Cities: A Local Government Law Perspective
Although social scientists, policy makers and urban planners have analyzed urban segregation and inequality in Latin American cities, Local Government Law (LGL) can provide a new perspective on the subject, looking at the role of the law in producing segregation and inequality, as well as promoting solutions to those issues. LGL as a field studies the legal frameworks that national or subnational governments create for cities. Nothing that occurs at the local level escapes a superior law, either by action or omission. So far, LGL has been mainly used to analyze the relationship between cities and states in the United States, but has been an underdeveloped field in other areas of the world. We will expand this approach to analyze Latin American cities to see law in action, discussing how LGL affects low-income urban dwellers, and the ways in which they rebel, accommodate or negotiate upfront or in the shadow of the LGL in place.
With the workshop, we aim at connecting LGL to other disciplines that allow us to better understand how urban dwellers interact with the law. Likewise, we will examine the role of LGL in constructing and reproducing dynamics of urban segregation and inequality and how citizens respond to these processes. Finally, we will think creatively on how to create or use current LGL to diminish inequality and segregation in the cities. The workshop is of particular interest of HLS students who want to learn from LGL in action in Latin American cities, as well as students interested the law from urban studies and policy (GSD) anthropology (GSAS) and public policy (HKS).More event details »
A Confederacy of Prodigies: On the Ascendancy of Reason and the Extinction of Conservatism in America
The Herbert W. Vaughan Academic Program – Please join Dean Manning for a lecture by Professor Yoram Hazony, President of The Herzl Institute and a panel discussion with Professors Mary Ann Glendon, Jack Goldsmith, and Cass Sunstein. Lunch will be served.More event details »
Do you think this would likely be true or false:
Witness: “I didn’t sleep well last night because I drank some wine with friends.”
Come find out if your witness is likely telling the truth!
Lunch provided.More event details »
HLS Students, are you hoping to write an article for a journal? Enter a writing competition? Develop an idea for a Note? Please sign up to attend Notes & Comment. The event connects faculty members with students interested in scholarship and publication. During short consultations, you will receive faculty advice on your topic, ways to refine your thesis, and/or tips about the writing process. Research librarians will be on hand for research ideas as well.
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Harvard Association for Law and Business (HALB) and Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law (CSEL) cordially invite you to a fireside chat meeting with Larry Gagosian, founder of the internationally renowned gallery Gagosian. The talk will be moderated by Professor Mark Lee, Chair of the Department of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
The occasion is a rare opportunity to interact with Larry in a classroom setting. Members of the audience will have a chance to ask questions…More event details »
This is a mandatory event for all new student organization leaders at HLS. At least one member of each student organization must attend in order to receive funding and resources from DOS in the fall.More event details »
Please come join for an hour of silent meditation. This is a time when you can practice your own style of silent meditation. This is not meant as instruction, but rather a time to sit quietly together. Snacks will be served afterwards.More event details »