Saturday, September 29, 2012

Weekend Roundup

  • Steven J. Ross, USC History, will present Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics to the Washington History Seminar, which will convene at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Moynihan Boardroom, Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC, on Monday, October 1, 2012, at 4:00.  According to the Wilson Center’s announcement, “Steven J. Ross challenges the commonly held belief that Hollywood has always been a bastion of liberalism. The real story, he argues, is far more complicated. First, Hollywood has a longer history of conservatism than liberalism. Second, and most surprising, while the Hollywood Left was usually more vocal and visible, the Right had a greater impact on American political life, capturing a Senate seat (Murphy), a governorship (Schwarzenegger), and the ultimate achievement, the Presidency (Reagan).”  Reservations are requested at or 202-691-4166.
  • The FDR Presidential Library and Museum and the Roosevelt Institute present "FDR's Four Campaigns,” a free public forum on October 21, 2012.  Among the participants, is Donald Ritchie, the Historian of the U.S. Senate and the author of Electing FDR: The New Deal Campaign of 1932 (Kansas).  Information here
  • Via In Custodia Legis, the blog of the Law Library of Congress, you can catch a glimpse of Chinese judicial gazettes from the Minguo (or Republican) Period (1912-1949). Follow the link
  •  Over at SCOTUS Blog, Carl Cecere and Lorianne Updike Toler have posted on their article, “Pre-Originalism,” in which the authors offer “a systematic, even-handed examination of the pedigree” of  Originalist and Non-Originalist theories of historical constitutional interpretation.  Presumably they'll have to revise to take into account G. Edward White's recent essay on West Coast Hotel.
  • We've previously noted the Yale Law Library's exhibit on the illustrations of Joseph Hémard.   The collector who jointly curated the exhibit, the San Antonio tax lawyer Farley P. Katz,will deliver the talk "The Comic Art of Joseph Hémard" on October 5 at 1:00 p.m. in Room 128 of the Yale Law School. The talk is open to the public.
  • Readers in the Philly area may wish to check out "Remembering Lou Pollak," an exhibit at the University of Pennsylvania Law School commemorating the great professor, dean, and judge. 
  • "The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations seeks to hire a Webmaster. SHAFR is embarking on a redesign of its website and reinvigoration of its web presence. The Webmaster will work together with the SHAFR President, the Committee on SHAFR and the Web, and others as the organization works with a web designer to upgrade the website. Once the website is redesigned, the Webmaster will be responsible for on-going management of the website, including the SHAFR blog."  More here.
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