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Members of the seminar investigate the legal, political, and institutional aspects of society both as they function in reality and as they should function according to theory. The investigation is both global and timeless, although European and American interests seem to dominate. Lectures and discussions range from classical Greece, Rome, and Israel, through medieval Europe, Islam, and Asia, to modern and contemporary societies. Aspects of Roman, Talmudic, Islamic, canon and common laws are examined. The majority of the lectures are presented by the members of the seminar, most of whom are academics in history, political science or law, or professionals who have become editors. One or two papers each year are presented by visiting scholars.

Sarah Danielsson

Kenneth Pearl

Goedele Mangelaars

Meeting Schedule

10/18/2022 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:15 PM
The Fake Iconic 'Budapest Ghetto' Photos by a Famous Soviet War Photographer
Peter Pastor, professor emeritus, Montclair State University


Peter Pastor is professor emeritus of history at Montclair State University, New Jersey. His special interest is the history of diplomatic and military relations between Hungary and Russia/USSR. He is the author of numerous articles and a monograph and edited or coedited several books. His current pursuit is the history of the Hungarian holocaust and he recently published on the topic in Slavic Review, Hungarian Cultural Studies e-journal, Hungarian Studies Review, and Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

11/15/2022 CANCELLED
7:15 PM
An Overview and Analysis of the US Paralympic Military Program (PMP)
Emese Ivan, St John’s University Collins College of Professional Studies

02/28/2023 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:15 PM
Rachel Auerbach, Genocide and a new conception of Witnesses to the Holocaust
Leora Bilsky, Tel Aviv University

03/28/2023 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:15 PM
Preparing for War: The Making of the Geneva Conventions
Boyd van Dijk, University of Melbourne