Professor David Golove
Professor Daniel Hulsebosch

Spring 2017
Alternate Mondays 4:10-6:00 p.m.
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 201

2 credits

The colloquium will alternate between public and private sessions. In the public sessions, the colloquium will discuss works-in-progress by historians or legal scholars. In the private sessions, the moderators and students will discuss reading materials that provide context for the upcoming public papers. Students will submit response papers before each public session.


Spring 2017 Schedule of Presenters


If George Washington Did It, Does That Make It Constitutional? : History's Lessons for Wartime Military Tribunals

Martin Lederman, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

February 13

The Atlantic Hinterland:  Fulton's Friends, Intellectual Property, and the Western Turn in Imperial Development

T.A. Milford, Associate Professor, Department of History, St. John's University

February 27

Secession on Trial: The Treason Prosecution of Jefferson Davis

Cynthia Nicoletti, Associate Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

March 20

The Rise of Western Democracy: Why it Happened in Europe and Not China or the Middle East

David Stasavage, Julius Silver Professor, Wilf Family Department of Politics, New York University


Building an American Empire: The Era of Territorial and Political Expansion

Paul Frymer, Director, Program in Law and Public Affairs; Professor of Politics, Princeton University

April 17

The Slave Trade and the Foundations of U.S. International Legal Thought, 1808-1870

Marco Basile, Law Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals; JD/PhD, Department of History, Harvard University


Comparing Law, Race, Slavery and Freedom in the Americas: Cuba, Louisiana, and Virginia, 1500-1868

Ariela Gross, John B. and Alice R. Sharp Professor of Law and History, Co-Director, Center for Law, History & Culture, USC Gould School of Law