Saturday, February 6, 2021

Weekend Roundup

  • Robert B. Stevens (UCSC)
    Robert Bocking Stevens, the author of the indispensable Law Schools: Legal Education in America: 1850-1960 (1983), has died.  The UC Santa Cruz notice is here.
  • Over at Balkinization, a symposium is underway on former LHB Guest Blogger Mary Ziegler's  Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present (2020), including Mark Graber’s contribution, Constitutional Trench Warfare over Abortion
  • Filippo Maria Sposini, PhD candidate, University of Toronto and Roy McMurtry Fellow, Osgoode Society, has published The rise of psychological physicians: The certification of insanity and the teaching of medical psychology, International Journal of Law and Psychiatry (2021).  It argues that by giving doctors the authority to report “facts of insanity,” the 1853 Lunatic Asylums Act created the need for “psychological physicians” capable of certifying lunacy and sped the development of psychiatry as a medical specialty.
  • The OAH has extended its CFP deadline for its annual meeting until February 17, 2021.
  • ICYMI: "My Name is Pauli Murray" premieres at the Sundance Film Festival (Star Tribune). What Would U.S. Grant Do (about White Supremacy)? (Politico).  A history of unusual impeachments (Governing).  Amend, the Netflix documentary on the 14th Amendment (Philly Voice).  Reconstruction: A Timeline (History).
  • Update: In the LRB, read Erin Maglaque's essay on John Christopoulous' book on abortion in early modern Italy.
  • Update: The American Institute of Sri Lankan Studies is hosting an online seminar for the next six weeks. "New Research in Sri Lankan History" includes several sessions on legal history. Register here.
  • Update: The Middle Temple Library Blog has posted this handy list of online ecclesiastical law resources. 

Weekend Roundup is a weekly feature compiled by all the Legal History bloggers.