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Fall 2013 Legal History Workshop
Seminar Guest Schedule

Professor Susanna Blumenthal

 

SEPTEMBER

Monday
9/30/13
"Contractual Freedom and the Evolution of Corporate Governance in Britain, 1862 to 1929"
Naomi Lamoreaux, Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics and History, Chair, Department of History, Yale University

 

OCTOBER

Monday
10/7/13
"Chief Justice Hughes and Administrative Law, 1930-1941"
Daniel Ernst, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

 

Monday
10/14/13
"Enlightenment on Trial: Ordinary Litigants, Colonialism and Modernity in the 18th-Century"
Bianca Premo, Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director, Department of History, Florida International University

 

Monday
10/21/13
"From Left to Rights"
Laura Weinrib, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago Law School

 

Monday
10/28/13
"'Illegitimate Half-Castes' and the Citizen Family"
Kristin A. Collins, Peter Paul Development Professor, Boston University School of Law; Visiting Professor, Yale Law School

 

NOVEMBER

Monday
11/4/13
"Santiago Iglesias's Imperial U.S. Citizenship: Puerto Rico and Labor's Constitution"
Sam Erman, Assistant Professor, University of Southern California Law School

 

Monday
11/11/13
"The Novel and the Reconstruction Amendments"
Jeannine DeLombard, Associate Professor of English, University of Toronto

 

Monday
11/18/13
"The Old West and the New American Death Penalty: Capital Punishment in Harris and Oklahoma Counties, 1980-2000"
Daniel LaChance, Assistant Professor of History Emory University, Visiting Fellow, Program in Law and Public Affairs, 2013-14, Princeton University

 

Monday
11/25/13
"Owning Hazard: Genre, Law, and History"
Barbara Young Welke, Professor of History and Professor of Law, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, University of Minnesota

 

Spring 2013 Legal History Workshop
Seminar Guest Schedule

Professor Barbara Welke

 

FEBRUARY

Friday
2/22/13
"Forensic Technology in the Age of Empire: Expert Testimony in Mandate Palestine During the 1930s"
Binyamin Blum, Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Hebrew University, Faculty of Law

 

MARCH

Friday
3/1/13
"Re-Theorizing Money: The Struggle over the Modern Imagination"
Christine Desan, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

 

Friday
3/8/13
"Autism, Between Rights and Risks"
Ellen Herman, Professor of History, University of Oregon

 

Friday
3/15/13
"For Allah, Mammon, and Empire: Law and Plantation Society in Early-19th century Muscat and Zanzibar"
Fahad Ahmad Bishara, Prize Fellow in Economics, History and Politics, Joint Center for History and Economics, Harvard University

 

Friday
3/29/13
"Jews, Law and Identity Politics"
William E. Forbath, Lloyd M. Bentsen Chair in Law, Associate Dean of Research, School of Law & Professor of History, UT Austin

 

APRIL

Friday
4/5/13
"The Forgotten Right of Expatriation: Allegiance and Sovereignty in Modern America"
Lucy Salyer, Associate Professor of History, University of New Hampshire

 

Friday
4/26/13
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem: The Turner Rebellion"
Christopher Tomlins, Chancellor's Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine

 

Fall 2012 Legal History Workshop
Seminar Guest Schedule

Professor Barbara Welke

 

SEPTEMBER

Friday
9/28/12
"Reclaiming Accountability: Transparency, Executive Power, and the U.S. Constitution"
Heidi Kitrosser, Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School

 

OCTOBER

Friday
10/12/12
"Law and (Dis)Order: Cultures of Security and the Specter of Anarchy in the Making of the US National Security State, 1880-1920"
Ryan Johnson, Ph.D. Candidate in History (recipient of the Erickson Fellowship in Legal History, Summer 2012)

 

Thursday
10/25/12
"Marriage in the Courts"
Nancy F. Cott, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History, Harvard University, and Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Note: Thursday, Oct. 25, 4:00 p.m., Room 25, Mondale Hall. This is the Fifth Annual Lecture in the Erickson Legal History Lecture Series. We recommend coming early for seating.

 

NOVEMBER

Friday
11/2/12
"No Moral or Legal Obligation: The Bureau of Immigration, Mexican Refugee Migration, and Border Security along the Untied States-Mexico Border, 1910-1917"
Evan Taparata, History Graduate Student

 

Friday
11/16/12
"Governing Mexican Health: American Railroads, Employment Policy and the Meanings of Health in the US Workplace during the Railroad Bracero Program of World War II"
Chantel Rodriguez, Ph.D. Candidate in History

 

Friday
11/30/12
"International Rules for Internal Conflicts? The Political Origins of Common Article 3 to the Geneva Conventions,"
Giovanni Mantilla, Ph. D. Candidate in Political Science

 

DECEMBER

Friday
12/7/12
"Work, Pain, and Risk Allocation in U.S. Workplace Injury Law, 1890-1915"
Nate Holdren, Ph. D. Candidate in History

 

Spring 2012 Legal History Workshop
Seminar Guest Schedule

Professor Susanna Blumenthal

 

FEBRUARY

Wednesday
2/1/12
Ari Bryen ACLS Faculty Fellow in Rhetoric and Classics, University of California, Berkeley
"Martyrdom, Rhetoric, and the Politics of Procedure"

 

Friday
2/10/12
12:15-2:10 p.m.
Adam Kosto Professor of History, Columbia University
"Medieval Hostages, Contract Theory, and the History of International Law"

 

Friday
2/24/12
12:15-2:10 p.m.
Samuel Moyn Professor of History, Columbia University
"From Antiwar Politics to Antitorture Politics"

 

Wednesday
2/29/12
Oren Gross Irving Younger Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
"Words as Power: The Rhetoric of War"

 

MARCH

Wednesday
3/7/12
3:30 p.m.
Room 50
Erickson Legal History Lecture
Lauren Benton
Professor of History and Affiliate Professor of Law, New York State University
"The Trial of Arthur Hodge: Petty Despots and the Making of an Imperial Legal World"

 

Wednesday
3/21/12
Rebecca Rix Assistant Professor of History, Princeton University
"'We, the People'? Redefining Representation and 'the Public' in the Progressive Era"

 

Wednesday
3/28/12
Sophia Lee Assistant Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
"The Workplace Constitution: Race, Labor, and Conservative Politics from the New Deal to the New Right"

 

APRIL

Wednesday
4/4/12
Hendrik Hartog Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor in the History of American Law and Liberty, Professor of History, Princeton University
"Someday All This Will Be Yours: A History of Inheritance and Old Age"

 

Wednesday
4/11/12
Paul Halliday Professor of History and Law, University of Virginia
"Voice, Manuscript, Print: Early Modern Technologies of Judicial Authority"

 

Wednesday
4/18/12
Bernadette Meyler Professor of Law and English, Cornell University
"Forgetting Oblivion: The Demise of the Legislative Pardon "

 

Fall 2011 Legal History Workshop
Seminar Guest Schedule

Professor Susanna Blumenthal

 

SEPTEMBER

Friday
9/23/11
Jill Hasday Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
"Progress Narratives for Adults" (a chapter from her book project, Family Law Reimagined: Recasting the Canon)

 

Friday
9/30/11
Sarah Chambers Associate Professor of History, University of Minnesota
"Family, Loyalty and Property Confiscation during Chile's Independence from Spain"

 

OCTOBER

Friday
10/7/11
Heidi Kitrosser Julius E. Davis Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
"Reclaiming Accountability: Transparency, Executive Power, and the U.S. Constitution"

 

Friday
10/14/11
Erika Lee Associate Professor of History, University of Minnesota
"Wong Kim Ark v. US, Birthright Citizenship, and the Current Debate over Immigration"

 

Friday
10/21/11
Keith Mayes Associate Professor of African American and African Studies, University of Minnesota
"Revolutionaries Under a Written Constitution: Black Power's First and Second Amendment"

 

Friday
10/28/11
Erik Redix Department of History, University of Minnesota
"An Imperative Necessity: The Murder of Joe White and the Culmination of Removal"

 

NOVEMBER

Friday
11/4/11
Chantel Rodriguez Graduate School Fellow, Department of History, University of Minnesota
"Nascent Ties: The Pullman Company as a Transnational Legal Actor in the development of Mexican Railroad Workers' Health Rights, 1920s-1930s"

 

DECEMBER

Friday
12/2/11
Heather Hawkins Research Assistant, Department of History, University of Minnesota
"Not Without Their Voluntary Consent: Parental Rights and Federal Law in late 19th and Early 20th Century American Indian Boarding Schools"

 

Friday
12/9/11
Myron Orfield Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Institute on Race & Poverty, University of Minnesota Law School
"Milliken, Meredith and Metropolitan Segregation"

 

Spring 2011 Legal History Workshop
Seminar Guest Schedule

 

FEBRUARY

Friday
2/4/11
Jill Hasday University of Minnesota (Law)
"Family Law Reimagined: Recasting the Canon of Family Law"

 

Friday
2/18/11
Yonglin Jiang Bryn Mawr College
"Constructing Han Legal Identity in Yuan, Ming, and Qing China"
NOTE: This event is co-sponsored with the Center for Early Modern History and the workshop will be held at 12:15 in 1210 Heller Hall.

 

Friday
2/25/11
Barbara Welke University of Minnesota (History & Law)
"No One Thought Children Might Die: Owning Hazard in the Twentieth Century U.S. Consumer Economy"

 

MARCH

Friday
3/4/11
Xiangyu Hu University of Minnesota (History)
"Reinstatement of the Five Punishments and Retreat of the Manchu Penalties"

 

Friday
3/7/11
Nicole Frisone and Chantel Rodriguez University of Minnesota Alumni

 

Friday
3/25/11
Evan Roberts University of Minnesota (History)
"Women’s Rights and Women’s Labor: The Effects of Married Women’s Property Law Reform, 1870-1900"

 

Wednesday
3/30/11
Michael Grossberg Sally M. Reahard Professor of History, Professor of Law, and Co-Director of the Center on Law, Society, and Culture at Indiana University
"The Politics of Childhood: Law and Child Protection in Modern America"
2011 Erickson Distinguished Lecture in Legal History
NOTE: This event will be held from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in Room 50 of Mondale Hall and will be followed by a reception in the Lindquist & Vennum Conference Room.

 

APRIL

Monday
4/4/11
Susanna Blumenthal University of Minnesota (Law)
"Of Mandarins, Legal Consciousness, and the Cultural Turn in American Legal History"

Please note that this workshop will take place from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in room 475

 

Friday
4/15/11
Katherine Lemon Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
"Moral Strategies and Women's Agency: Dispute and Divorce in Delhi's Shari'a Courts"

 

Friday
4/22/11
Elizabeth Beaumont University of Minnesota (Political Science)
"Rethinking Revolutionaries and Recognizing Founders: 18th Century Popular Constitutionalism and the U.S. Constitution"

 

MAY

Friday
5/6/11
Keith Mayes University of Minnesota (African American & African Studies)
"Civil Rights and Black Power on Trial: The Black Freedom Struggle, the Law of Public Order, and the U.S. Constitution"

 

Fall 2010 Legal History Workshop
Seminar Guest Schedule

 

SEPTEMBER

Thursday
9/23/10
Manfred Berg Curt Engelhorn Professor of American History, University of Heidelberg, Germany
"Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, and the Decline of Lynching in the Southern United States"

 

Thursday
9/30/10
Christina Duffy Burnett Associate Professor of Law, Columbia University
"The Monroe Doctrine Rightly Understood: Empire and Law in the Americas on the Eve of World War I"

 

OCTOBER

Thursday
10/7/10
William Novak Professor of Law, University of Michigan
"Law and the Social Control of American Capitalism, 1877-1932"

 

Thursday
10/28/10
Laura Edwards Professor of History, Duke University
"The People and Their Peace: Legal Culture and the Transformation of Inequality in the Post-Revolutionary South"

 

NOVEMBER

Thursday
11/4/10
Steven Wilf Joel Barlow Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, University of Connecticut Law School
"Law, Storytelling, & Popular Politics in Revolutionary America"

 

Thursday
11/11/10
Jonathan Levy Assistant Professor of History, Princeton University
"The Perils of the Seas’: The Case of the Creole and the Maritime Origins of Assumption of Risk"

 

DECEMBER

Thursday
12/2/10
Tomiko Brown-Nagin Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law & Professor of History, University of Virginia
"Forgotten and Unsung: Movement Lawyers and Social Change"

 

Spring 2010 Legal History Workshop
Seminar Guest Schedule

 

JANUARY

Friday
1/22/10
Nancy Buenger
"The Metropolis of the West: Chancery in Nineteenth-Century Chicago"

FEBRUARY

Friday
2/5/10
Herbert Kritzer, University of Minnesota
"The (Nearly) Forgotton Early Empirical Legal Research"

Friday
2/19/10
Erik Redix, University of Minnesota, Department of History;
"In Support of Tribal Sovereignty (or in Support of the Federal Government?): The State of Wisconsin, the Supreme Court, and Tribal Lands, 1894-1918"

MARCH

Friday
3/05/10
Alex Wisnoski
"Breaking Marriage: Divorce and Separation in Colonial Lima"

Wednesday
3/10/10

The Ronald A. and Kristine S. Erickson Distinguished Lecture in Legal History

Sarah Barringer Gordon, Arlin M Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

"The Spirit of the Law: Religion and the Constitution in Modern America"

A new constitutional world burst into American life in the mid-twentieth century. For the first time, the national constitution's religion clauses were extended by the United States Supreme Court to all state and local governments. As energized religious individuals and groups probed the new boundaries between religion and government and claimed their sacred rights in court, a complex and evolving landscape of religion and law emerged. Passionate believers turned to the law and the courts to facilitate a dazzling diversity of spiritual practice. Legal decisions revealed the exquisite difficulty of gauging where religion ends and government begins. Controversies over school prayer, public funding, religion in prison, and same-sex marriage roiled long-standing assumptions about religion in public life.

* This lecture is held in Room 50.

Friday
3/26/10
Nate Holdren
"'The Compensation Law Put Us Out Of Work': Workplace Injury Law, Pre-Employment Physicals and Discriminatory Hiring in the Early 20th Century United States"

APRIL

Friday
4/23/10
Heather Hawkins
"Parentless Children: Child Welfare and Unfree Labor at the State Public School in Owatonna, Minnesota, 1886-1936"

Friday
4/30/10

Note Time Change: 2:00-3:15 p.m.
Carol Chomsky
"Breaking the Gender Barrier at the Bar: Stories from the Women of Minnesota"

MAY

Friday
5/07/10
MJ Maynes
"Constructing Consent in Marriage Contracts in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Eras, Germany, 1750-1830"

Fall 2009 Legal History Workshop
Seminar Guest Schedule

Professor Barbara Y. Welke

 

SEPTEMBER

Friday
9/25/09

Tamar Herzog, Professor of Latin American and Spanish History, Stanford University, "Defining Empires: Spain and Portugal in the Americas (17th-18th century)."
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OCTOBER

Friday
10/2/09
Margot Canaday, Assistant Professor of History, Princeton University, The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America (Princeton University Press, 2009.
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Friday
10/16/09
Christopher Capozzola, Associate Professor of History, MIT, "A Tale of Two Treasons: Adjudicating War Crimes and Collaboration in Manila, 1945."
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Friday
10/23/09
Karl Shoemaker, Professor of Law and Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin, Madison, "Sanctuary for Crimes in the Western Legal Tradition: How to Get Away with Murder."
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NOVEMBER

Friday
11/6/09
Rebecca M. McLennan, Associate Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley, The Crisis of Imprisonment: Protest, Politics, and the Making of the American Penal State, 1776-1941 (Cambridge University Press, 2008)(Winner of the Littleton-Griswold Prize in American Law and Society of the American Historical Association (2008)), Intro., Ch. 1-4, 8.
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Friday
11/20/09
Peggy Pascoe, Beekman Professor of Northwest and Pacific History and Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of Oregon, What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America (Oxford University Press, 2009) (Winner of the Ellis W. Hawley Prize of the Organization of American Historians (2009), and the Lawrence W. Levine Award of the Organization of American Historians (2009)) (via Video Teleconference)
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* NOTE: This lecture will be held in Room 262.

Spring 2009 Workshops

 

Schedule of Speakers

FEBRUARY

Friday
2/20/09
1:30 PM

Danny LaChance, 2008 Erickson Graduate Fellow, Program in Law and History/PhD candidate, American Studies, University of Minnesota

"State of Confusion: Social Engineering, Vigilante Distrust, and Capital Punishment in the Contemporary United States."
Room 471 (Mondale Hall)

Friday
2/27/09
10:30-
11:30 AM
Kirsten Nussbaumer, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, University of Minnesota
"'A Fundamental Article of Republican Government': Fixity of Suffrage Law in the U.S. Constitution of 1787-88."

 

MARCH

Friday
3/6/09
12:15-
1:15 PM
Eva Van Dassow, Associate Professor, Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota
"Freedom in the Ancient Near East."
Friday
3/13/09
12:15-
1:15 PM
Mary Lou Fellows, Everett Fraser Professor of Law, University of Minnesota
"Æthelgifu's Will as Hagiography."
Note: This session will be held in Room 475 of the Law School.

 

APRIL

Friday
4/3/09
10:30-
11:30 AM
Andy Urban, 2008-09 Alumni Fund Fellow, Program in Law and History/PhD candidate, History, University of Minnesota
"Thieves in the Home: Criminal Law, Domestic Servants, and the Maintenance of Social Boundaries."
Friday
4/10/09
1:30-
2:30 PM
Xiangyu Hu, PhD candidate, History, University of Minnesota
"The Emperor's Men or the Manchu Lords' Slaves? The Bannerman, the Emperor, and the Manchu Banner Lord."
Friday
4/17/09
12:15-
1:15 PM
Masako Nakamura, 2008-09 Alumni Fund Fellow, Program in Law and History/PhD candidate, History, University of Minnesota
"Prostitutes and Illegitimate Mixed-Heritage Children in the U.S. Occupation of Japan and the Law"
Note: This session will be held in Room 475 of the Law School.
Monday
4/20/09
4:00 PM
Room 50
2009 Erickson Distinguished Lecture
Richard Helmholz, Ruth Wyatt Rosenson Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago

"Individual Conscience in European Legal History, 1200-1650"
Reception: 5 PM, Lindquist & Vennum Conference Room
Friday
4/24/09
12:15-
1:15 PM
Jeff Manuel, PhD candidate, History, University of Minnesota
"Taconite's Life in the Law: A Non-Modern History."

 

MAY

Friday
5/1/09
12:15-
1:15 PM
Erika Lee, Fesler-Lampert Professor in the Public Humanities Associate, Professor Department of History and Asian American Studies, University of Minnesota
"The 'Yellow Peril' and Immigration Restriction in North and South America in the 1920s and 1930s."

Fall 2008 Workshops

Schedule of Speakers

SEPTEMBER

Thursday
9/18/08
Douglas Baynton, History, University of Iowa
"Defectives in the Land: Disability and American Immigration Law, 1882-1924"
Thursday
9/25/08
Amalia D. Kessler, Law, Stanford University
"Deciding Against Conciliation: The Nineteenth-Century Rejection of a European Transplant and the Rise of a Distinctively American Ideal of Adversarial Adjudication"

OCTOBER

Thursday
10/2/08
Jennifer Mnookin, Law, UCLA
"Machineries of Truth: X-Rays and Experts in the American Courtroom."
Thursday
10/16/08
Adriaan Lanni, Law, Harvard University
"Social Norms in the Ancient Athenian Courts"
Thursday
10/30/08
Daniel Smail, History, Harvard University
"Goods and Debts in Late Medieval Mediterranean Europe"

NOVEMBER

Thursday
11/6/08
Rebecca J. Scott, History and Law, University of Michigan
"Rosalie of the Poulard Nation" (co-authored with Jean Hebrard)
Thursday
11/20/08
Deborah Malamud, Law, New York University
"Letting in the Company: White-Collar Unionization in the Long New Deal"

DECEMBER

Thursday
12/4/08
Nicholas Parrillo, Law, Yale University
"The Rise of Non-Profit Government in America: The Case of Tax Collection"

SPRING 2008 SCHEDULE


Feb. 5 Susanna Blumenthal
"'Death by His Own Hand:' Accounting for Suicide in Nineteenth-Century Life Insurance Litigation"
Feb. 19 Masako Nakamura
"Families Precede Nation and Race?: The 1947 Amendment of the War Brides Act and the American Family"
Feb. 26 Sarah Chambers
"A Legal Right to Support: Holding the State Responsible for Family Welfare in 19th-Century Chile"
March 4 Yaffa Epstein
"From Emission to Pollution: Business Interests and the Regulation of Smoke Emission in the Twin Cities, 1890–1910"
April 8 Tom Romero II
"Creating and Containing the Multiracial Heterotopia: Kelo, Parents and the Spatialization of Color(blindness) in the Berman-Brown Postmetropolis"
April 22 Linda K. Kerber, May Brodbeck Professor of History, University of Iowa
Distinguished Lecture in Law and History: "Stateless in America"
Law School Room 25 at 7 p.m.
April 29 David Stras
"Justice Pierce Butler: Undistinguished or Unappreciated?"
May 6 Ruth Mazo Karras
"Telling the Truth About Sex in Late Medieval Paris"

FALL 2007 SCHEDULE


Sept. 21 Stephen R. Porter, Ph.D. candidate in history, University of Chicago
"Human Rights and the Problem of Formal Equality: American Policies of Refugee Relief at Home and Abroad in the Early Cold War"
Sept. 28 Didier Lett, Maître de Conférences en Histoire Médiévale, Université de Paris
"Women, Testes Inhabiles but Talkative Witnesses. The Testimony of Women in the Canonization Process During the XIVth Century: Between Legal Mistrust and Social and Probatory Need"
Oct. 5 Michael Willrich, Associate Professor of History, Brandeis University
"The Politics of Pox: Epidemic Disease and the Making of the Modern American State"
Oct. 12 Risa Goluboff, Professor of Law and History, University of Virginia
"The Lost Promise of Civil Rights"
(Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007)
Oct. 19 Ariela Gross, Professor of Law and History, USC
"Racial Science, Immigration, and 'The White Races,'"
(From book manuscript What Blood Won't Tell: Racial Identity on Trial in America)
Nov. 2 Julietta Hua, University of Minnesota 2007-08 Race, Gender, and Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor of Women's Studies, San Francisco State University
"Women's Human Rights and the Politics of Representation"
Nov. 9 Matthew Sommer, Associate Professor of History, Stanford University
"The Adjudication of Illegal Wife Sales in Qing Dynasty China"
Nov. 16 Ed Balleisen, Associate Professor of History, Duke University
"Fixing the Boundaries of Fraud: Commercial Innovation and Legal Contingency in the Progressive Era"
Nov. 30 Sueann Caulfield, Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan
"The Right to a Proper Name: Paternity Suits and Changing Notions of Responsibility in Twentieth-Century Brazil"
Nov. 30 Sarah C. Chambers, Associate Professor of History, University of Minnesota
"Paternal Rights and Responsibilities: Legal Disputes over Child Support and Custody in Santiago, Chile, 1790-1860"
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