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

By Jenny Whalen
Sept. 25, 2014

The University of Michigan Law Library's commemorative Magna Carta traveling exhibit will culminate on Wednesday, Oct. 22, ​with a special lecture by Robert Bartlett, the Wardlaw Professor of Mediaeval History at the University of St Andrews. Bartlett, one of the world's most prominent medieval historians, will discuss the social and political context in which Magna Carta was produced. The talk will take place at 4 p.m. in 1225 South Hall and will be followed by a reception in the Aikens Commons.

Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215-2015​ will be on display through Oct. 22, 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 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.

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