Project for Law and the Humanities

The Institute sponsors the Project for Law and Humanities, a program involving faculty from the Law School and from a broad range of departments and programs in the humanities. Under the direction of Professor Len Kaplan, the Project has completed three series of faculty presentations on the general themes of "Trials," "Secrecy," and "Justice and Bureaucracy." The Project also has sponsored four academic conferences: "Aftermath: Conversations on the Clinton Scandal, the Future of the Presidency and the Liberal State" (Spring 2000), "The Place of Theology in the Liberal State and the Globalized World" (Fall 2002), "The Liberal State and its Mental Health Power" (Spring 2003), and the "Weimar Moment" (Fall 2008) interdisciplinary conference detailed below.

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April 3, 2009:  Seminar on Law and Violence

Guest speaker: Christoph Menke, Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Human Rights Center at the University of Potsdam.  Hosted by Professors Len Kaplan and Sara Guyer.  Cosponsored by  the Center for the Humanities, the Center for European Studies, the Human Rights Initiative, The Project for Law and the Humanities, the Institute for Legal Studies and the Global Legal Studies Center.

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Oct. 24-26, 2008   "The Weimar Moment:
Liberalism, Political Theology and Law"

Overview: This event brought together leading academics, authors and intellectuals to examine the Weimar period in European history, culture, and law and to trace the continuity of Weimar thinkers and their impact on the continued viability of liberal democracy in today’s world.    Program and Information

Hosted by:
Leonard V. Kaplan, Mortimer Jackson Professor of Law and Director of the Project for Law and the Humanities, University of Wisconsin Law School; Rudy J. Koshar, George L. Mosse WARF Professor of History and Religious Studies and Director of the Religious Studies Program; and Ulrich Rosenhagen, Assistant Director, Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions, and Lecturer in Religious Studies, University of Wisconsin.

Sponsored by:
The Project for Law and the Humanities, the UW Law School, the Institute for Legal Studies, the Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions (LISAR), the Department of History, the George L. Mosse Program in History, the Global Legal Studies Center, the Center for the Humanities, the Mosse/Weinstein Center For Jewish Studies, the Center for German and European Studies, the Department of German, and the Religious Studies Program, with additional support from the Alice D. Mortenson-Michael B. Petrovich Chair in Russian History, the University Bookstore, the Brittingham Fund, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

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2007 

3/29/07  Workshop on Nationalism featuring two presentations: "Fascism in Post-war Japan: Telling the Story through Comics" by Mary Layoun, Professor of Comparative Literature. (This talk will examine contemporary efforts to explain the workings and history of fascism in Japan through comic books.) and  "Early Modern Nationalism and Patriotism: John Milton to Thomas Paine" by David Loewenstein, Marjorie and Lorin Tiefenthaler Professor of English. (This talk will address early modern nationalism and the relation between patriotism and dissent with reflections on patriotism and nationalism in the present.) Hosted by Len Kaplan, Mortimer Jackson Professor of Law and Director of the Project for Law and the Humanities. Cosponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Global Legal Studies Center. 3:30-5:00 pm in Lubar Commons (7200 Law)

2006

4/6/06  Rebuilding Bosnia-Herzegovina: The Relevance of Islamic Law by His Eminence, Dr. Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti of Bosnia. Hosted by Asifa Quraishi, Assistant Professor of Law, and Charles Cohen, Director of the Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions (LISAR). Cosponsored by the Project for Law and the Humanities.

4/7/06-4/8/06  First Annual LISAR Conference: The Ten Commandments and Their Appropriation in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.  Hosted by the Lubar Institute fo the Study of the Abrahamic Religions under the Direction of Professor Charles Cohen. Cosponsored by the Project for Law and the Humanities. Keynote Speaker: His Eminence, Dr. Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti of Bosnia.  Conference information is posted at the LISAR homepage: http://history.wisc.edu/cohen/lisar/

2005

2/7/05 Symposium on the Proposed Wisconsin Constitutional Amendment to Define Marriage and to Prohibit Civil Unions. Interdisciplinary Law and Humanities symposium hosted and moderated by Len Kaplan, Mortimer Jackson Professor of Law and Director of the Project on Law and Humanities. Speakers include Carl Rasmussen, Boardman Law Firm; Claudia Card, Emma Goldman Professor of Philosophy; Scott Anderson, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches; Jane Schacter, James E. And Ruth B. Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law; and Jonathan Schofer, Belzer Assistant Professor in the Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies. Approved for 3.0 hours of general CLE credit.

12/2/05 Does Law Need a Narratology? Symposium with Peter Brooks on Law and Literature sponsored by the Center for the Humanities. Cosponsored by the Project for Law and the Humanities under the direction of Professor Len Kaplan. Peter Brooks is University Professor and Director of the Program in Law & Humanities at the University of Virginia.

2004

4/16/04 A Conversation with Robert Jay Lifton, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Graduate School University Center and Director of The Center on Violence and Human Survival at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at The City University of New York, Author of Superpower Syndrome: America's Apocalyptic Confrontation with the World (Nation Books, 2003). Co-hosted with Dr. Gene Farley.

2003

2/25/03 What Do Military Operational Lawyers Do? by Kevin Kelly, Assistant Dean for Curricular Affairs. Cosponsored by the Project for Law and the Humanities and hosted by Professor Len Kaplan.

4/25-26/03 The Liberal State and Its Mental Health Power. Interdisciplinary Conference cosponsored by the Remington Center, Mendota Mental Health Institute, and the State Bar of Wisconsin with support from the Evjue Foundation and Forest Pharmaceuticals. Hosted by Professor Leonard V. Kaplan, Mortimer Jackson Professor of Law and Co-director, Project for Law and the Humanities.

11/7/03 Pernicious Ambiguity in Legal Interpretation by Lawrence M. Solan, Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School, and Director, Center for the Study of Law, Language and Cognition. Sponsored by the Project for Law and the Humanities and hosted by Professor Len Kaplan.

2002

1/31/02 Ethics and the Real Politik of a Lobbyist: Congress, Constituents and Bureaucracy by Scott Klug, Member of the National Public Affairs Team at Foley and Lardner and former US Congressman. Justice & Bureaucracy Series.

2/11/02 Shaping Future Lawyers Lunch talk by Gerald Sternberg, former director of the Ethics Board. Justice & Bureaucracy Series.

2/28/02 Shakespeare and the Law Lunch talk by Jonathan Miller, IRH Distinguished Visiting Professor, cosponsored by the Institute for Research in the Humanities (IRH). Miller is co-founder (with Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, and Dudley Moore) of the legendary British comic revue Beyond the Fringe in 1960, is a neurologist, theatre director, opera director, television producer, curator, and art critic. He has produced and directed Shakespeare plays for the BBC and the Royal Shakespeare Company. (He was subsequently knighted).

3/5/02 The ABA Task Force on Terrorism and the Law Lunch talk by Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, National Security Expert and former UW System General Counsel, Dean of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

3/19/02 Don't ask me nothin' about nothin'; I just might tell you the truth [Bob Dylan] by Gene R. Rankin, Director, Board of Bar Examiners. Justice & Bureaucracy Series.

4/22/02 A Forum on School Voucher Cases with presentation by Prof. Julie Mead, Department of Educational Administration with commentary by Prof. William Howell, UW Department of Political Science. Lunch discussion hosted by Ruth Robarts.

4/30/02 Law Without Lawyers: The Authority of the Jury in Classical Athens Lunch talk by Andrew Wolpert, Assistant Professor of Classics and History. Law & Humanities Trials Series.

10/11-12/02 The Place of Theology in the Liberal State and the Globalized World. Interdisciplinary conference sponsored by the Project for Law and the Humanities with support from the Anonymous Fund, the Institute for Legal Studies, the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, the Religious Studies Program, Edgewood College and the University Book Store. Organized with Professor Charles Cohen, Professor of History and Director of the Religious Studies Program.

2001

1/23/01 Observations of a Civil Libertarian Who Became General Counsel for the NSA by Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, General Counsel, UW System. One of a series of talks on Secrecy.

3/20/01 Exercising Discretion on the "Back End" of Semi-Functional Systems: Reflections of a New D.A. Lunch talk by Brian Blanchard, Dane County District Attorney, who discussed his transition into office and other issues. First in a series on Justice and Bureaucracy.  

4/20/01 National Security Secrets, Declassification, and Historical Memory Lunch talk by Emily S. Rosenberg, Dept. of History, Macalester College. One of a series of talks on Secrecy.

9/13/01 Why Normative Schemes are Good for Nothing Lunch talk by Stanley Fish, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago.

9/17/01 Reflections on the Life of a Trial Judge: Pleasures and Discontents Lunch talk by Mark Frankel, Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, MG&E, and former judge. One of a series of talks on Justice and Bureaucracy.

10/8/01 Fish Takes the Bait: A Reply to Stanley Fish on Holocaust Denial Lunch talk by Richard Weisberg, Floersheimer Professor of Constitutional Law, Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. Cosponsored by the Project for Law and Humanities.

11/1/01 Reflections of an Appellate Judge: Caught in the Middle Lunch talk by Hon. Patience D. Roggensack, Wisconsin Court of Appeals. One of a series of talks on Justice and Bureaucracy.

2000

Feb. 4-5, 2000 Aftermath: Conversations on the Clinton Scandal, the Future of the Presidency and the Liberal State   Professors Len Kaplan and Beverly Moran contracted with New York University Press for a book of essays on the Clinton scandal. The book's purpose is to start a conversation among public intellectuals from a wide variety of political and religious perspectives in the hopes that their discussion will help clarify some of the moral issues that we face with the new millennium. In order to enrich the conversation and place the UW at the center of the discussion, ILS hosted a conference at Law School to create a forum for discussion of the contributing authors' essays and for comments by a wide range of UW faculty. The essays presented at the conference are included in a valuable and significant book commenting on what the Clinton scandal can tell us about America at the end of the century. Speakers included Lawrence M. Solan of Brooklyn Law School, David Kennedy of Harvard Law School, Robert Gordon of Yale Law School, and Mark V. Tushnet of Georgetown University Law Center and UW faculty from many departments. This event was cosponsored by UW College of Letters and Science Humanistic Fund and the Law School, with support from the Remington Center, Women's Studies Program, Religious Studies Program, the UW Departments of Political Science, English, and History; as well as from NYU Press.

4/24/00 "You Shall Not Add To It!": Canonical Paradoxes and Religious Renewal in Ancient Israel Lecture at 3:30 in Room 1334 Van Hise Hall by Bernard M. Levinson, Ph.D., Berman Family Chair of Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible, Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota. Cosponsored by: UW Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies; The Project for Law and Humanities; The Religious Studies Program; The Center for the Humanities; Center for Jewish Studies; with support of the Oliver S. Rundell Fund.

10/3/00 Secret Courts & Secret Laws Lunch talk by Gordon Baldwin. First in a series of talks on secrecy cosponsored by the Project for Law & Humanities.

10/24/00 The Grand Jury and Secrecy Lunch talk by Frank Tuerkheimer. One of a series of talks on secrecy cosponsored by the Project for Law and Humanities.

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