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Fall 2020

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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 between 12 noon to 1 pm EST and are open to the Harvard  Community, unless noted otherwise.  Advance Registration is required through the links listed below.

Too Much Information: Understanding What You Don’t Want to Know

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Cass R. Sunstein, MIT Press, Sept. 1, 2020

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Cass R. Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard University.

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Liberal Legality: A Unified Theory of Our Law

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Lewis Sargentich, Cambridge Univ. Press, April 2018

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The book talk discussion will include:

Lewis Sargentich is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

Duncan Kennedy is the Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence at Harvard Law School. He was a founding member of the Critical Legal Studies movement.

Charles Fried is the Beneficial Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

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Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Graphic Novel

Monday, October 19, 2020
Cynthia Levinson & Sanford Levinson; Illustrated by Ally Shwed, Macmillan, Sept. 22, 2020

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The book talk discussion will include:

Sanford Levinson is Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair in Law, University of Texas Law School. The author of many books on the U.S. Constitution and other subjects, he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and received the lifetime achievement aware of the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association in 2010.

Cynthia Levinson writes award-winning nonfiction books about social justice for young readers, including The Youngest Marcher and Watch out for Flying Kids.

Archon Fung is the Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. He co-directs the Transparency Policy Project and leads democratic governance programs of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Kennedy School. His books include Full Disclosure: The Perils and Promise of Transparency (Cambridge University Press, with Mary Graham and David Weil) and Empowered Participation: Reinventing Urban Democracy (Princeton University Press).

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The Connected Parent: An Expert Guide to Parenting in a Digital World

Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 4pm – 5 pm EST
John Palfrey & Urs Gasser, Basic Books, Oct. 6, 2020

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The book talk discussion will include:

Introduction:  Jonathan Zittrain is the 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.

John Palfrey is president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and a former faculty director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

Dr. Urs Gasser is the Executive Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and a Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School. His research and teaching activities focus on information law, policy, and society issues and the changing role of academia in the digitally networked age.

Moderator:  Leah Plunkett is the Meyer Research Lecturer on Law Special Director for Online Education 2020-2021 at Harvard Law School where she also teaches a course on Youth, Privacy, and Digital Citizenship. She is formerly the Associate Dean for Administration, Associate Professor of Legal Skills, and Director of Academic Success at the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

This book talk is co-sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

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Human Rights in a Time of Populism: Challenges and Responses

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Gerald L. Neuman ed., Cambridge Univ. Press, May 28, 2020

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The book talk discussion will include:

César Rodríguez-Garavito, Director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, NYU School of Law. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Open Global Rights and has served as a strategy advisor to leading international and domestic human rights organizations in different parts of the world. César has been an expert witness of Inter-American Court of Human Rights, an Adjunct Judge of the Constitutional Court of Colombia, a member of the Science Panel for the Amazon and a lead litigator in climate change, socioeconomic rights and indigenous rights cases. He has served as director of Dejusticia, the Global Justice and Human Rights Program and the Center for Socio-Legal Research at the University of los Andes.

Richard Javad Heydarian is an academic, columnist, and policy adviser, having advised diplomatic pots around the Asia-Pacific region, presidential candidates and cabinet secretaries in the Philippines, and leading hedge funds and credit rating agencies. He has taught, as a political science assistant professor, at De La Salle University and Ateneo De Manila University, and is currently resident analyst at GMA network, previously ABS-CBN News Channel, & columnist for the Manila Bulletin. He is a regular contributor to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC, and has written for or/and interviewed by Aljazeera, BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Economist, among other leading global publications.

Gerald L. Neuman is the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law, and the Co-Director of the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School.

Ruth Okediji is the Jeremiah Smith. Jr, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Co-Director of the Berkman Klein Center. She is an editor of the Journal of World Intellectual Property Law and an elected member of the American Law Institute. Her most recent book, Copyright Law in an Age of Limitations and Exceptions, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.

This book talk is co-sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library and the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program.

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