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In university teachers’ hectic lives, finding space to reflect, restore, renew, and recommit can seem impossible. Jean Koh Peters and Mark Weisberg believe regular reflection is critical and have designed A Teacher’s Reflection Book to help teachers and other professionals find that space. Growing out of the authors’ extensive experience facilitating retreats and leading teaching and learning workshops, the book builds on their discoveries in those settings, supporting and promoting teachers’ self-directed development. With its multiple suggestions and strategies, A Teacher’s Reflection Book offers something for every reader, and is responsive to teachers’ needs at all stages of their careers.
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March 17, 2012 marks the centennial birthday of Bayard Rustin. He has been called the strategist of the American Civil Rights Movement and the pillar of that movement. His importance to the Civil Rights Movement has not been matched, however, by public awareness of his life and accomplishments. Rustin was gay and, although Rustin never concealed his gayness, historians now seem to concur that other leaders of the Civil Rights Movement concealed Rustin’s role as their colleague, because they did not believe that they could successfully organize for homosexual rights, as well as the rights of black people.
Since the late 1990s, a new generation of historians and also gay historians have begun to piece together Rustin’s life story by documenting it. Rustin’s own papers appear at the U.S. Library of Congress. At the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, researchers have combed the records of the pacifist organizations for which he worked. Scholars have also been looking through the papers of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons; (during World War II, Rustin served 28 months in a federal prison as a Conscientious Objector.) Researchers have also scoured Rustin’s FBI files, which contained 10,000 pages when he died (from appendicitis) at the age of 75. Of course, historians have also engaged in numerous conversations with Rustin’s friends, colleagues and critics.
What has been uncovered by Rustin scholars not only illuminates Rustin’s life but also establishes lost links to an early twentieth century civil rights movement in the United States, rooted in the political concerns that engaged debate during World War I : socialism, Woman’s Suffrage, pacifism, colonialism, South Africa, and India. See Raising Up a Prophet: the African-American Encounter with Gandhi.
During the past two years, in my role as Chair of the Communications Committee of this library, I have prepared three exhibits for our Reading Room concerning the Civil Rights Act of 1960. The first exhibit showed the political process that got the statute enacted. The second exhibit spotlighted six of the lesser-known activists whose bold actions created the environment in which Congress passed the legislation. The third exhibit featured the 13 brave black Hattiesburg, MS witnesses who testified in the first Voting Rights case brought
The second of these exhibits foregrounded Ella Baker and Bayard Rustin. I gave two talks at our law school about Baker and Rustin. Bayard Rustin generated weeks of comments and questions from our library’s readers, staff members and visitors.
It is the responsibility of the Communications Committee to make our library’s collection visible. Over the course of decades we have collected heavily in secondary works on the American Civil Rights Movement. To further fulfill our Committee’s commitment to visibility, we will soon be putting online the three Civil Rights exhibits we created during 2010 and 2011.
To celebrate Bayard Rustin’s Centennial, we will, in addition, be designing a web presence On the web presence we will post facsimiles of documents that show Rustin’s contribution to the American Civil Rights Movement. He will become visible, through these documents, as the Movement’s pacifist strategist.
In developing our Celebration of the Rustin Centennial we will be scheduling events on the Yale campus; creating reading lists; and reporting on events taking place elsewhere.
In the recently-published Handbook on the Politics of Regulation, Professor Susan Rose-Ackerman contributed a chapter on policymaking accountability in parliamentary and presidential systems. Her piece reviews key aspects of policymaking accountability (consultation and participation, expertise, judicial review and oversight) before moving on to a brief discussion of four models for accountability (political, expertise, partisan-balance and privatized models), used to varying degrees and combinations in established democracies. After contrasting accountability in parliamentary and presidential systems, Prof. Rose-Ackerman offers a few proposals for improving accountability in both types of systems. See her contribution, chapter 12, page 171 of the Handbook on the Politics of Regulation.
Comparative Administrative Law (Susan Rose-Ackerman and Peter L. Lindseth, eds. 2010).
Regulation and Regulatory Processes (Cary Coglianese and Robert A. Kagan, eds., 2007).
Other works by Prof. Rose-Ackerman are available in the Yale Law School Legal Scholarship Repository.
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In Torture and the Dream of Reason, Professor Paul Kahn examines the role of political theory and philosophy in confronting morally compelling situations - in this case, torture. He argues that, rather than advocating for or against the use of torture, political theorists should instead work to expose and disrupt patterns of thought commonly relied upon when thinking about the question of torture. These disruptions should serve not to get to "the truth of the matter" but to "make us think more carefully about the way in which legal rules and social norms operate and the meanings that they bear".
By way of illustration, Prof. Kahn looks to Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams, applying concepts like condensation, displacement and nodal points to interpret the liberal account of the prohibition of torture. Prof. Kahn disruptively argues that the contemporary torture prohibition must be read against the background of political violence that continues on a massive scale. To misread the torture prohibition and imagine that state violence should be limited to domestic and international law enforcement is "to read the manifest dream as if it were the dream-thought". To get a better sense of how Prof. Kahn fuses Freud with an analysis of the torture prohibition, please find his article published in the Fall 2011 issue of Social Research.
Paul Kahn, Sacred Violence: Torture, Terror and Sovereignty (2008).
Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams (A.A. Brill trans., Macmillan 3d ed. 1913).
David Luban, Liberalism, Torture, and the Ticking Bomb, 91 Va. L. Rev. 1425 (2005).
Yale Law School has been selected to participate in the first United States Supreme Court Prediction Competition sponsored by SCOTUSblog and Bloomberg Law. Teams of up to five law students will use resources available on Bloomberg Law and SCOTUSblog to perform the research to make their predictions for merits cases and cert. petitions that will be considered by the Court in April 2012. The winning team receives a minimum cash prize of $2,500. If the winning team also beats the experts at SCOTUSblog, the prize doubles to a total of $5,000. Visit www.scotuscompetition.com for more information, to register your team, and submit your predictions.
Author Rosemarie McGerr discusses one of the most beautifully decorated 15th-century copies of the New Statutes of England, uncovering how the manuscript's unique interweaving of legal, religious, and literary discourses frames the reader's perception of the work. Rosemarie suggests that the manuscript was made for Prince Edward of Lancaster, transforming a legal reference work into a book of instruction in kingship, as well as a means of celebrating the Lancastrians' rightful claim to the English throne during the Wars of the Roses. A Lancastrian Mirror for Princes also explores the role played by the manuscript as a commentary on royal justice and grace for its later owners and offers modern readers a fascinating example of the long-lasting influence of medieval manuscripts on subsequent readers.
Meet the author, Randall Kennedy, and listen to a conversation about his new book. The Persistence of the Color Line is the first book by a major African-American public intellectual on racial politics and the Obama presidency.