Thursday, September 16, 2010

Tushnet on the Hughes Court at the ICH

[I'm moving this post up, as the Institute has recently sent out a reminder that Professor Tushnet's seminar commences on September 22. The reminder states: "If you are interested in attending, please email"]

The Institute for Constitutional History announces “The Hughes Court,” a seminar for Fall 2010, to be led by Mark Tushnet, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at the Harvard Law School, who is at work on the Holmes Devise history of the U.S. Supreme Court during the Chief Justiceship of Charles Evans Hughes (pictured below). Tushnet is, as the ICH’s announcement notes, “the author of numerous works on constitutional history and law,” including The Constitution in Wartime: Beyond Alarmism and Complacency; A Court Divided: The Rehnquist Court and the Future of Constitutional Law; The New Constitutional Order; Taking the Constitution Away From the Courts; and Making Constitutional Law: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court, 1961-1991.

The seminar will meet Wednesday evenings, 6:00–8:00 p.m., September 22 and 29, October 6, 20, and 27, and November 3, in Room 415 of Burns Hall at The George Washington University Law School, 2000 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20052.

The ICH's announcement explains:
The seminar is designed for graduate students and junior faculty in history, political science, law, and related disciplines. All participants will be expected to complete the assigned readings and participate in seminar discussions. Although the Institute cannot offer academic credit directly for the seminar, students may be able to earn graduate credit through their home departments by completing an independent research project in conjunction with the seminar. Please consult with your advisor and/or director of graduate studies about these possibilities. Space is limited, so applicants should send a copy of their c.v. and a short statement on how this seminar will be useful to them in their research, teaching, or professional development. Materials will be accepted only by email at until June 30, 2010. Successful applicants will be notified soon thereafter. For further information, please contact Maeva Marcus at (202) 994-6562 or send an email to There is no tuition or other charge for this seminar, though participants will be expected to acquire the assigned books on their own.