Saturday, January 27, 2018

Weekend Roundup

  • The latest op-eds in the Washington Post's Made by History series includes one by Christopher W. Schmidt, Chicago-Kent Law, on civil rights and the Department of Health and Human Services' initiative to "protect people who refuse to perform certain medical procedures that conflict with their religious commitments, such as abortions, sterilization or assisted suicide." 
  • In DC Theatre Scene, Kate Colwell reviews the play Sovereignty, written by Mary Kathryn Nagle and performed at Washington’s Arena Stage theater.  "The story follows the present-day efforts of Sarah Polson (Kyla Garcia), a fiercely intelligent Cherokee lawyer, to restore Cherokee Nation jurisdictional rights to prosecute non-Native abusers of Cherokee women on ancestral lands through Cherokee Law. In parallel with her story, the audience follows the legal efforts of Sarah’s ancestor, John Ridge, in the 1830s to defend the sovereignty of his people to uphold their laws and Constitution.”  More
  • Michael Meltsner, Northeastern University School of Law, has posted a short chapter from his memoir recounting a consultation with the stand-up comedian Lenny Bruce.
  • And, speaking of comedy, as much as we enjoy the political humor of late-night talk show hosts, the most incisive satirists are still editorial cartoonists.
  • ICYMI: LHB Guest Blogger Mary Ziegler, professor of law at Florida State University, had an op-ed in the New York Times, Roe v. Wade Was About More Than Abortion.  Retired Tasmanian Supreme Court librarian Dorothy Shea has been preserving an invaluable cache of that Australian state’s early legislation.  Donald A. Ritchie discussed Historians and Government Shutdowns.  (Which reminds me: thank you, Patrick Kerwin of the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress for hosting my New Deal Legal History Seminar Thursday!  Harlan Stone's case file in Gobitis, rows upon rows of NAACP papers, Walt Whitman's walking stick, and Thomas Jefferson's hair!!  DRE)
  • A UK-based project on inheritance practices among Indian migrants to Britain includes a fully funded Master's and PhD studentship. Details here
Weekend Roundup is a weekly feature compiled by all the Legal History bloggers.