October 20, 2014

Ann Arbor, MI

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MLaw to Mark Magna Carta's 800th Year with Commemorative Exhibit


The 800th anniversary of Magna Carta—and its impact on the rule of law throughout the centuries—will be featured at The University of Michigan Law School this fall when the Law Library hosts a commemorative traveling exhibit. 

Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215-2015 will be on display Oct. 1-23, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., in the Michigan Law Library, sub-1. Featuring images of Magna Carta and related documents and artifacts from the Library of Congress's rare book collections, 16 banners tell the history and impact of the historic document from its sealing by King John in 1215 up to the present day.  

"Magna Carta is a vital document not only to the annals of history, but to the development of the American legal system," said Robert E. Hirshon, Michigan Law's Frank G. Millard Professor from Practice and Special Counsel on Developments in the Legal Profession. "It is a great honor to be one of the first institutions to host this exhibit in the United States." 


Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215-2015 was developed through a partnership of the American Bar Association, ABA Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress, Library of Congress, and Law Library of Congress. Its visit to Michigan Law is being underwritten through the generosity of The Wein-Hirshon Charitable Foundation. 




Display Dates
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - Thursday, October 23, 2014

The exhibit will be open from 8:00am to 8:00pm Sunday through Saturday.


Display Location
University of Michigan Law School Law Library
Smith Addition (Underground Law Library)
801 Monroe St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1210

The display will be located on sub-1 of the Smith Addition to the Legal Research Building (also known as the Underground Law Library) in the area adjacent to the Jackier Rare Book Room.




The Magna Carta’s 800th Anniversary:
A special lecture by Professor Robert Bartlett

October 22, 2014  4:00 - 5:00pm
South Hall, Room 1225
University of Michigan Law School

Please join us as we celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta with a special lecture by the world-renowned historian Professor Robert Bartlett. His talk will offer insights into the social and political world in which Magna Carta was produced. 

The lecture will be immediately followed by a reception. This event is free and open to the public.

Robert Bartlett is Wardlaw Professor of Mediaeval History at the University of St Andrews, Fellow of the British Academy, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and former professor at the University of Chicago. He is one of the most prominent medieval historians in the world. He is best known for his transformative and award-winning 1993 book The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization and Cultural Change, 950-1350, and most recently Why Can the Dead Do Such Great Things? Saints and Worshippers from the Martyrs to the Reformation (2013). He also has written and presented three documentary series, airing on BBC to much critical acclaim: Inside the Medieval Mind (2008), The Normans (2010), and The Plantagenets (2014). 

Exhibit Contacts: 

Barbara Garavaglia
Director, Law Library
Phone: 734.764.9324
Email: bvaccaro@umich.edu

Kincaid Brown
Assistant Director, Law Library
Phone: 734.647-1529
Email: kcb@umich.edu