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Spring 2020 — Professor Kenneth Mack and Professor Anna Lvovsky

Meetings will be held on Tuesdays (5:00-7:00 PM, Griswold 110)

This workshop examines major works in the field of legal history, important historiographical debates and critical methodologies. Students will participate in workshop presentations by leading scholars.


The workshops below are open to the public
. To receive the workshop paper one week in advance, please email the HLS Law & History Fellow, Jelani Hayes: jelanihayes@g.harvard.edu


Week 3 (Feb. 11):
Serena Mayeri, Professor of Law and History, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
Presentation: Serena Mayeri, “‘Hapless and Innocent Children’: Race and Poverty, Welfare and ‘Illegitimacy,’ 1967-1973”

Week 5 (Feb. 25):
Christopher W. Schmidt, Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law
Presentation: Christopher W. Schmidt, “Thirteenth Amendment Echoes in Fourteenth Amendment Doctrine”

Week 6 (Mar. 3):
Marisol LeBron, Assistant Professor of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, University of Texas Austin
Presentation: Marisol LeBron, Policing Life and Death: Race, Violence, and Resistance in Puerto Rico (2019), Introduction and Chapter 1

Week 7 (Mar. 10):
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Presentation: Khalil Gibran Muhammad, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, Preface to the 2020 Edition

Week 8 (Mar. 24):
Randall L. Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Presentation: “United States v Dennis as a Race Case: Anti-Communism and Anti-Racism in the Early Years of the Second Reconstruction”

Week 9 (Mar. 31):
Anne Gray Fischer, Assistant Professor of History, University of Texas Dallas
Presentation: Anne Gray Fischer, “From the ‘Prostitution Problem’ to the ‘Sanitized Zone’: Urban Redevelopment and Broken Windows Policing in Atlanta”

Week 10 (Apr. 7):
Patricia Williams, University Distinguished Professor of Law and Humanities, Northeastern University School of Law
Presentation: To be announced.

Week 11 (Apr. 14):
Christopher Agee, Associate Professor of History, University of Colorado Denver
Presentation: Christopher Agee, “‘That Neighborly Spirit of Mutual Care’: Neighborhood Power and Police Reform in Philadelphia during the 1970s”