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Spring 2021

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Credit: Lorin Granger Harvard Law School Library Book Talk: Lawrence Lessig, Fidelity & Constraint: How the Supreme Court Has Read the American Constitution

Faculty Book Talks take place via Zoom and are open to the Harvard Community, unless noted otherwise.  Advance Registration is required through the links listed below.

Film screening and panel discussion: Racially Charged: America’s Misdemeanor Problem (public welcome)

Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.

Join us for a live stream screening and panel discussion of Racially Charged: America’s Misdemeanor Problem, inspired by HLS professor Alexandra Natapoff’s book Punishment Without Crime: How our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal.

Our panel will include:

Alexandra Natapoff, Lee S. Kreindler Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Robert Greenwald, Founder, Brave New Films

Rachael Rollins, Suffolk County District Attorney

Udi Ofer, Director, Justice Division and Deputy National Political Director, ACLU

Dr. Sandra Smith, Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice & Director of the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, Harvard Kennedy School

Co-sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Wiener Center for Social Policy, this event will stream live on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdUbG-Cuj14&feature=youtu.be


Mine! How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives

Friday, March 26, 2021 at noon 
Michael Heller and Jim Saltzman, Doubleday, Feb. 15, 2021

Join us for a discussion with authors Michael Heller and James Salzman and panelists Martha Minnow and Joseph Singer.

Michael Heller is a chaired professor at Columbia Law School. He is one of the world’s leading authorities on ownership, on who gets what and why. His work focuses on helping people see and cure hidden ownership dilemmas.

Jim Salzman is a chaired professor with joint appointments at UCLA Law School and the UC, Santa Barbara, School of Environment. A leading authority on environmental protection, there have been over 110,000 downloads of his articles. He has regularly taught at Harvard Law for over a decade and is a graduate of the Class of 1989.

Martha Minow is the 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard University where she has taught at Harvard Law School since 1981, where she served as dean from 2009-2017. An expert in human rights, constitutional law, and advocacy for members of racial and religious minorities and for women, children, and persons with disabilities, she also writes and teaches about media policy, privatization, technology and ethics, military justice, and ethnic and religious conflict.

Professor Joseph William Singer has been teaching at Harvard Law School since 1992. He was appointed Bussey Professor of Law in 2006. He began teaching at Boston University School of Law in 1984. Singer received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1981. He teaches and writes about property law, conflict of laws, and federal Indian law. He also writes about legal theory with an emphasis on moral and political philosophy.

TO REGISTER: Registrants must have a Harvard email. Please watch your inbox for registration confirmation. The event will be recorded.

ACCESSIBILITY: If you, or an event participant, require disability-related accommodations, please contact Accessibility Services in the Dean of Students Office at accessibility@law.harvard.edu or 617-495-1880 in advance of the event

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Terms of Disservice: How Silicon Valley is Destructive by Design

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.
Dipayan Ghosh, Ph.D., Brookings Institution, June 2021

The discussion will feature:

Dipayan Ghosh, Ph.D., co-director of the Digital Platforms & Democracy Project at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Jonathan Zittrain, George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School. He is also a  professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a professor of computer science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, director of the Harvard Law School Library, and co-founder and director of Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

Vivian Schiller, Executive Director of Aspen Digital, formerly the president and CEO of National Public Radio, formerly the Head of News at Twitter, and formerly the senior vice president and chief digital officer at NBC News.

Nicholas Thompson, CEO of “The Atlantic”, formerly the editor in chief of Wired”, and formerly the editor of Newyorker.com.

Co-sponsored by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.

TO REGISTER: Registrants must have a Harvard email. Please watch your inbox for registration confirmation. The event will be recorded.

ACCESSIBILITY: If you, or an event participant, require disability-related accommodations, please contact Accessibility Services in the Dean of Students Office at accessibility@law.harvard.edu or 617-495-1880 in advance of the event.

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