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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic all events will be held from 12:00-1:00 pm via Zoom unless otherwise stated.

For Zoom participant information, please contact the department of Academic Operations AcademicOperations@law.usc.edu.

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Spring 2021

February 3

Book Talk- John Witt (Yale)
“American Contagions: Epidemics and the Law from Smallpox to COVID-19”
Via Zoom Video Conferencing, 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Commentators:Rabia Belt (Stanford University) and Michael Willrich (Brandeis University) Moderator: Ariela Gross

February 18

A Conversation- Sarah Barringer Gordon (Penn) & Dana Johnson (USC)
TBA
Via Zoom Video Conferencing, 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Moderator: Hilary Schor (USC)

February 18

Sarah Barringer Gordon (University of Penn) Dana Johnson (USC Dornsife)
“Two Stories of Biddy Mason: A Freedwoman and Entrepreneur in Early Los Angeles”
Via Zoom Video Conferencing, 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
CLHC Conversation: Moderator: Hilary Schor (USC)

February 24

Mark Letteney (USC)
“Roman Law in Late Antiquity: Christianization and Codification”
Via Zoom Video Conferencing, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

March 3

Sam Erman (USC), K-Sue Park (Georgetown) & Greg Ablavasky (Stanford)
CLHC Conversation
Via Zoom Video Conferencing, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
A conversation on how to tell the U.S. legal history of the United States with slavery, indigenous dispossession, empire, nativism, and racism all front and center.

March 10

Sean Fraga (USC)
"Digitally Mapping Commercial Currents: Narrating a U.S. Customs Logbook with Digital Humanities Tools"
Via Zoom Video Conferencing, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Sean Fraga is a Digital Humanities postdoc at USC.

March 24

Lisa Cody (Claremont McKenna College)
: "Defending Wives' Right to Say No: Debating Marital Rape in Eighteenth-Century English Courts and Culture"
Via Zoom Video Conferencing, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

April 14

Jennifer Petersen (USC)
“A Primitive but Effective Means of Conveying Ideas”: Gesture and Image as Speech”
Via Zoom Video Conferencing, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

April 21

Simona Cerutti (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris)
"The Poor's Justice”. Jurisdiction and Debt-Credit Relationships (Savoyard State, 18th century)
Via Zoom Video Conferencing, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Fall 2020

August 26

Felipe Jiménez (USC)
"Legal Principles, Law, and Tradition"
Via Zoom Video Conferencing, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

September 11

Book Launch: Ariela Gross
"Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana"
Faculty Lounge, Rm. 433, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Co-authored by Alejandro de la Fuente

September 16

Alison Renteln (USC)
“Comparing Legal Approaches to Offensive Names and Imagery”
Via Zoom Video Conferencing, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

September 25


Book Panel: Alejandro de la Fuente & Ariela Gross, “Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Louisiana, and Virginia”
Via Zoom Video Conferencing, 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Panelists: Adrienne Davis (Washington University St. Louis School of Law); Michelle McKinley (University of Oregon School of Law); Sven Beckert (Harvard History); moderator Nathan Perl-Rosenthal USC Dornsife). Cosponsored by the Levan Institute for the Humanities.

October 7

CLHC Discussion
Racial Justice Protest and Resistance Lawyering
Via Zoom Video Conferencing, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Discussants: Ken Mack (Harvard, Law), Melynda Price (U. of Kentucky, Politics & Law), Dan Farbman (Boston College, Law); moderator Clare Pastore (USC Law)

October 16

Jessica Marglin (USC)
Manuscript Workshop,“Nationality on Trial: Legal Belonging in the Modern Mediterranean"
Via Zoom Video Conferencing, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

October 21

CLHC Discussion
The Right to Vote: Reconstruction and Right Now
Via Zoom Video Conferencing, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Discussants: Morgan Kousser (Cal Tech, History), Franita Tolson (USC Law); Moderator: Sam Erman (USC Law)

November 11

Jennifer Rothman (Loyola)
“Trademark Preemption, The Right of Publicity, and Trademark’s Theory of Personality”
Via Zoom Video Conferencing, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

November 18


Anti-Blackness in a Multiracial World
Via Zoom Video Conferencing, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Discussants: Jared Sexton (UC Irvine, Sociology), Danzy Senna (USC, English); Moderator: Stephen Rich (USC Law)