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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.