The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

Magna Carta at 800

Thu, February 26, 2015 | GAR 4.100

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

'To no one will we sell, to no one will we refuse or delay, right or justice': Magna Carta at 800,” a roundtable discussion, on Thursday, February 26, at 3:30-5:00pm, in Garrison Hall (GAR), 4.100.  Written in England in June 1215 by a group of barons to protect their rights and property against the abuses of the king, Magna Carta is widely seen as a critical legal document in the history of democracy. To mark its eight hundredth anniversary, an interdisciplinary panel will explore the historical context of Magna Carta's genesis and the legacies it has bequeathed.

Free and open to all. Light refreshments served. RSVP:

Featured speakers include:

“Maps of Kings, Songs of Barons--‘And we are ever caught…’”

Daniel J. Birkholz

Associate Professor of English, The University of Texas at Austin


"Magna Carta and Anglo-American Constitutionalism"

Brian P. Levack

John E. Green Regents Professor in History, The University of Texas at Austin


"Magna Carta: Memory or Unread Symbol"

Sanford V. Levinson

W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair; Professor of Government,

The University of Texas at Austin


“The Great Charter: Twelfth-century background and twenty-first century interpretations”

Martha G. Newman

Associate Professor of History, The University of Texas at Austin


Sponsored by the Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History, and the British Studies Program



Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies, British Studies Program

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