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Mason Professors Speak at Library of Congress Event on Magna Carta

On December 9, 2014, Professors Joyce Lee Malcolm and Craig Lerner were featured speakers at “Conversations on the Enduring Legacy of the Great Charter,” a Library of Congress symposium on Magna Carta. The symposium was held in conjunction with the Library of Congress’s exhibition “Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor,” which celebrates the 800th anniversary of the document.

Malcolm’s talk was entitled “Magna Carta Entrenched: The Legacy in America.” Malcolm discussed the transference of Magna Carta concepts and rights to colonial America and the divergence of the British and American approaches to preserving rights derived from Magna Carta. She argued that the difference has led to Magna Carta’s legacy remaining more vibrant in America than in the land of its origins.

Lerner participated in a program that explored how Magna Carta’s political and legal traditions are relevant to contemporary conversations. He was joined by Professor Vicki Jackson from Harvard Law School and National Public Radio correspondent Carrie Johnson to discuss “Proportionality Under the Eighth Amendment.”