Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Finkelman to Deliver the Huggins Lectures

W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University, announces that this year's Nathan I. Huggins Lectures will be delivered by Paul Finkelman, Albany School of Law. The lectures, "The Supreme Court and The Peculiar Institution: Marshall, Story, Taney, and the Defense of Slavery," will be delivered at the Thompson Room, Barker Center 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Mass. For more information, please contact the Du Bois Institute at 617.495.8508.

Tuesday, March 17, 4 P.M.
"Chief Justice Marshall and Slavery: A Slaveholding Chief Justice Discovers the Limits of National Power"

Wednesday, March 18, 4 P.M.
"Joseph Story of Slavery: The Enigma of an Antislavery Man who Became a Proslavery Justice"

Thursday, Thursday 19, 4 P.M.
"Chief Justice Taney and Slavery: Defending the Cornerstone at all Costs"

Hat tip: Jay Stewart


Shag from Brookline said...

I learned that each lecture period runs to 5:45 PM. I trust Prof. Finkelman's lectures will be as interesting as his writings. Hopefully, he'll have handouts. I'm planning to attend, as I live just across the Charles River in Brookline

Shag from Brookline said...

I did attend and Prof. Finkelman did a great job. I anxiously await what may be an article or book on his subject. The backgrounds he provided on Marshall, Story and Taney were very valuable in trying to understand these men in their views on slavery as expressed in SCOTUS decisions. And his brief description of the various Territories relative to slavery captures his description of the U.S. as a "Slaveholders Republic" prior to the Civil War. Yes, the Civil War was about slavery.

Thanks for this post. This is why I visit this Blog daily - often several times.