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Looking for ASLH 2017 panel or panelists in Colonial History or Early U.S. Law, possibly Race & Ethnicity

Dear Colleagues,

Please let me know if you have similar work and think we could form a panel at ASLH in Las Vegas (Oct. 26-29, 2017).  I am interested in either finding or forming a panel at the upcoming ASLH conference generally in the area of colonial North America or early U.S. legal history.

The application deadlines was extended to April 3, 2017.

ANN: The Institute for Constitutional History (ICH) Summer Workshop in Constitutional History: The Lochner Era

Interdisciplinary Summer Workshop in Constitutional History

July 9-14, 2017
Stanford, California


The Lochner Era

Sponsored by the Institute for Constitutional History

with the Stanford Constitutional Law Center



Call for Panelists 2017 ASLH meeting in Las Vegas

By Joel E.  Black

Lecturer, University of Florida


The ASLH is in Las Vegas! Where better to examine the intersection of comic words and law?

We seek a third paper to complement two others: one on “blue” (or filthy) comedy in the late-nineteenth century and a second on the futility of speech regulation. We welcome paper proposals on comedy and speech regulation in any period of American history.

We also seek a volunteer to comment on the panel?