Fulton Lecture in Legal History

The 2016 Maurice and Muriel Fulton Lectureship in Legal History

Date: 
04.20.2017
Location: 
Weymouth Kirkland Courtroom

John Fabian Witt, "Weapons of Truth: Money, Propaganda, and Civil Liberties in World War I America"

A century ago, World War I set the modern First Amendment into motion.  But wartime propaganda also gave rise to a critique that has shadowed speech rights right up through Citizens United and into our own time.  For the war showed speech not only to be a form of protest, but also a form of power.

Participating faculty: 
Tom Ginsburg

John Fabian Witt, "Weapons of Truth: Money, Propaganda, and Civil Liberties in World War I America"

In his lecture, Professor Witt tells the story of a small but diverse group of Americans who took control of a Wall Street fortune to battle power with power, establishing a foundation with a breathtaking aim: to change the American mind.

A century ago, World War I set the modern First Amendment into motion.  But wartime propaganda also gave rise to a critique that has shadowed speech rights right up through Citizens United and into our own time.  For the war showed speech not only to be a form of protest, but also a form of power.

Fulton Lecture with John Fabian Witt: "Weapons of Truth: Money, Propaganda, and Civil Liberties in World War I America"

Date: 
04.19.2016
Location: 
Courtroom
Contact info (email or phone): 

ewellin@uchicago.edu

A century ago, World War I set the modern First Amendment into motion.  But wartime propaganda also gave rise to a critique that has shadowed speech rights right up through Citizens United and into our own time.  For the war showed speech not only to be a form of protest, but also a form of power.

Faculty: 
Alison L. LaCroix

Fulton Lecture with David Lieberman: "Courts, Democracy and Jeremy Bentham"

Date: 
05.07.2015
Location: 
Room V
Contact info (email or phone): 

ewellin@uchicago.edu

The contribution of courts to the operations of constitutional democracy is a familiar issue in contemporary constitutional and political theory, rendered all the more vital in an era when the practice of judicial review has been extended globally.

Tomiko Brown-Nagin, "The Honor and Burden of Being First: Judge Constance Baker Motley at the Bar and on the Bench"

Professor Brown-Nagin's talk examines the legacy of The Honorable Constance Baker Motley—and break new ground in the study of civil rights, women's rights, and the legal profession. A protégée of Thurgood Marshall, Motley litigated in southern courtrooms during the 1940s and 1950s, when women lawyers scarcely appeared before the bar.

Tomiko Brown-Nagin, "The Honor and Burden of Being First: Judge Constance Baker Motley at the Bar and on the Bench"

Professor Brown-Nagin's talk examines the legacy of The Honorable Constance Baker Motley—and break new ground in the study of civil rights, women's rights, and the legal profession. A protégée of Thurgood Marshall, Motley litigated in southern courtrooms during the 1940s and 1950s, when women lawyers scarcely appeared before the bar.

Fulton Lecture in Legal History: Tomiko Brown-Nagin, "The Honor and Burden of Being First: Judge Constance Baker Motley at the Bar and on the Bench"

Date: 
05.08.2014
Location: 
Courtroom
Contact info (email or phone): 

For special assistance or needs, please contact Rebecca Klaff at 773-834-4326, or rklaff@law.uchicago.edu

Professor Brown-Nagin’s talk will examine the legacy of The Honorable Constance Baker Motley—and break new ground in the study of civil rights, women’s rights, and the legal profession. A protégée of Thurgood Marshall, Motley litigated in southern courtrooms during the 1940s and 1950s, when women lawyers scarcely appeared before the bar.

David Armitage, "Civil War: A Genealogy"

Civil war is like pornography--we think know it when we see it. Yet ideas of civil war have a long and contested history with multiple meanings and contested applications. This lecture offers a critical history of conceptions of civil war, with special attention to its legal definition since the nineteenth century.


79:34 minutes (72.85 MB)

2013 Fulton Lecture in Legal History: David Armitage, "Civil War: A Genealogy"

Date: 
05.09.2013
Location: 
Courtroom

Civil war is like pornography--we think know it when we see it. Yet ideas of civil war have a long and contested history with multiple meanings and contested applications. This lecture offers a critical history of conceptions of civil war, with special attention to its legal definition since the nineteenth century.

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