Denison Presents Historical Law Specialist And Professor Paul Finkelman
Posted: February 6, 2006
Denison University presents the Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa, Paul Finkelman, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday (Feb. 16) in Slayter Auditorium. The lecture, titled "An American Experience: Violence, Faith, and the Dilemma of John Brown," is free and open to the public.
Co-editor ofThe Terrible Swift Sword: The Legacy of John Brown, Finkelman is widely regarded among the preeminent scholars on slavery, law, and antebellum culture. His lecture will examine the 19th-century abolitionist John Brown and the tensions over violence, faith, and democracy embodied in his example. Among questions his lecture may survey are: When does principled resistance become archaic brutality? In what ways should dissent express itself in a democratic republic? On what grounds is violence justifiable as a means to redress perceived moral wrongs?
Finkelman is the author of over fifty articles and the author or editor of numerous books, includingAn Imperfect Union and Slavery and the Law. He currently teaches constitutional law and American legal history at the University of Tulsa College of Law. He has also taught at the University of Akron Law School, Cleveland Marshall, and the University of Texas at Austin.
He was a Fellow in Law and the Humanities at Harvard Law School and received both his master's degree and doctorate from the University of Chicago.
The lecture is sponsored by the provost office, Lilly programs, and the history department.
CALENDAR LISTING: Denison University, Granville -- Paul Finkelman presents "An American Experience: Violence, Faith, and the Dilemma of John Brown"; 7:30 p.m., Thursday (Feb. 16), Slayter Auditorium (200 North Road). Free and open to the public. Call 740-587-6251 to confirm information.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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