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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Thurs. April 26: Book Talk by John Bessler


The Celebrated Marquis: An Italian Noble and the Making of the Modern World

When:  April 26, 2018 - 5:00-7:00 p.m., Room 50
A reception will follow in the Law School’s Lindquist and Vennum Conference Room.


John Bessler will give a book talk on his new book, The Celebrated Marquis: An Italian Noble and the Making of the Modern World (2018), a fascinating account of Cesare Beccaria and his landmark book that castigated judicial torture, the death penalty, and religious intolerance. Beccaria's Dei delitti e delle pene (1764) was translated quickly into French and English (as An Essay on Crimes and Punishments) and despite its controversial and prohibited ideas became a runaway bestseller. Beccaria and his book provided the spur to 18th-century penal law reform and modern criminology, and deeply influenced the likes of Jeremy Bentham, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. 

A leading scholar on Beccaria, Bessler will discuss the importance of Beccaria's views in a trans-Atlantic context in which ideas flowed freely through France and Italy, England and America, and back again. Beccaria's ringing calls against torture and the death penalty, and his utilitarian views on punishment, resonated throughout Europe and proceeded to shape constitutions and laws around the globe. 

In addition, the talk will highlight several copies of Beccaria's key work in the Law Library and Riesenfeld Center's collections, as well as works that influenced and were influenced by the Essay on Crimes and Punishments.

John Bessler is a Professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law and a Visiting Researcher at the Law School's Human Rights Center.  




Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Wednesday, April 18: Clarence Darrow's Birthday!

Come out this Wednesday, April 18, for Clarence Darrow's birthday in the Law Library lobby!

Grab cupcakes, cookies, cake, and coffee in celebration of Darrow, the great American trial lawyer, whose letters the Library holds in the Riesenfeld Center. Don't forget to take a quiz for prizes, and a selfie with a life-sized Clarence (for good luck)!


When: Wednesday, April 18th, 11 p.m - 1 p.m.

Where: Law Library Lobby
What: Cupcakes, cookies, cake and coffee!



Monday, April 2, 2018

Wednesday, April 4: Rare Books Open House!

All are invited to the Riesenfeld Rare Books Center's April rare books open house, this Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.! 

Come out and enjoy free cookies, snacks and drinks, and see treasures from the library's rare books collection - including items related to Minnesota, to Native American tribes and other highlights.


When: Wednesday, April 4th, 12 p.m - 3 p.m.

Where: Riesenfeld Rare Books Center*
What: Rare books, drinks, cookies and snacks!

*The Riesenfeld Center is in room N30 on the Sub-Plaza, at the end of the hall past Sullivan Cafe.


Monday, March 19, 2018

Wednesday, March 21: Rare Books Open House!

All are invited to the Riesenfeld Rare Books Center's March rare books open house, rescheduled for this Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.! 

Come out and enjoy free cookies, snacks and drinks, and see treasures from the library's rare books collection - including items for Women's History Month and Irish law in honor of St. Patrick's Day.


When: Wednesday, March 21st, 12 p.m - 3 p.m.

Where: Riesenfeld Rare Books Center*
What: Rare books, drinks, cookies and snacks!

*The Riesenfeld Center is in room N30 on the Sub-Plaza, at the end of the hall past Sullivan Cafe.




Thursday, March 15, 2018

Alumni Weekend Open House, April 20


The Law Library's 2018 spring exhibit marks the 40th anniversary of Mondale Hall. Currently open in the Riesenfeld Rare Books Center, the exhibit showcases building designs, public campaign materials, letters and photos - as well as a scale architectural model and other memorabilia related to the construction and dedication of Mondale Hall - that have been drawn from the Law Library's archives and special collections.  

Before and during the Alumni Weekend Law School Community Reception, on Friday, April 20, from 4:30 - 5:30, stop by for the open house and tours of the exhibit. Curator of rare books and special collections, Ryan Greenwood, will guide visitors on tours of Mondale Hall history and the development of building plans that culminated in 1978 and again in 2001.

What: Alumni Weekend Exhibit Open House and Tours
When: April 20, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 
Where: Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center (N30 on the Subplaza past Sullivan Cafe; signs will lead you to the Riesenfeld Center from the main reception area)


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Wednesday, March 7: Rare Books Open House!

All are invited to the Riesenfeld Rare Books Center's rare books open house this Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.! 

Come out and enjoy free cookies, snacks and drinks, and see treasures from the library's rare books collection - including items for Women's History Month and St. Patrick's Day.


When: Wednesday, March 7th, 12 p.m - 3 p.m.

Where: Riesenfeld Rare Books Center
What: Rare books, drinks, cookies and snacks!

*The Riesenfeld Center is in room N30 on the Sub-Plaza, down past Sullivan Cafe.




Thursday, February 22, 2018

UMN Crowdsourcing Project to Decipher Supremes' Notes

very interesting project has recently gotten underway that seeks to crowdsource the transcription of Supreme Court Justices' handwritten notes. SCOTUS Notes seeks to transcribe "a collection of 12,600 pages of notes taken by Justices Harry A. Blackmun and William J. Brennan. This extraordinarily rare collection of papers housed at the Library of Congress provides insights into the Court’s conference in cases decided between 1959 and 1994 with overlapping notes taken by Blackmun and Brennan between 1970 and 1990." As interesting, the project was developed in part by Timothy Johnson, a political science professor at the U, using the Zooniverse platform, also pioneered at the University of Minnesota.  

You too can join in the transcription fun!