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ASLH publishes Law & History Review through the Cambridge University Press. The journal is available online via the History Cooperative and JSTOR.

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ANN: American Society for Legal History Cromwell Dissertation Prize for 2015

The William Nelson Cromwell Foundation has generously funded a dissertation prize of $5,000. The winning dissertation may focus on any area of American legal history, including constitutional and comparative studies; topics dealing with the colonial and early national periods will receive some preference. Anyone who received a Ph.D. in 2014 will be eligible for this year’s prize. The Foundation awards the prize after a review of the recommendation of the Cromwell Prize Advisory Committee of the American Society for Legal History.

Call For Participants -- Student Research Colloquium at the ASLH Annual Meeting

Graduate students and their faculty mentors take note:

The American Society for Legal History (ASLH) will host a Student Research Colloquium (SRC) on Wednesday, October 28, and Thursday, October 29, 2015, immediately preceding the ASLH’s annual meeting in Washington, DC.  The SRC will offer a small group of graduate and law students an opportunity to work intensively on in-progress dissertations and law review articles with distinguished ASLH-affiliated scholars.

Mark Masterson
Matthew Perry

Perry on Masterson, 'Man to Man: Desire, Homosociality, and Authority in Late-Roman Manhood'

Mark Masterson. Man to Man: Desire, Homosociality, and Authority in Late-Roman Manhood. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2014. 272 pp. $62.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8142-1268-4; $62.95 (e-book), ISBN 978-0-8142-7352-4; $14.95 (cd), ISBN 978-0-8142-9372-0.

Reviewed by Matthew Perry (John Jay College, CUNY)
Published on H-Law (April, 2015)
Commissioned by Michael J. Pfeifer

Symposium ANN: Race, Equality and the Law

Title: Race, Equality and the Law
Date: 2015-06-16
Description: Race, Equality and the Law -- An event to mark the 50th anniversary of the UKs first Race Relations Act.  

Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism in collaboration with the Jewish Council for Racial Equality

Speakers: Dr Omar Khan, Runnymede Trust; Dr Camilla Schofield, University of East Anglia; Dr Anastasia Vakulenko, University of Birmingham

Date: 16 June 2015