2015 Archives

Godbey Lecture Series - The Anniversary Series: "Perspectives on Magna Carta"

February 12, 2015

  What: The Magna Carta was sealed in 1215, documenting an agreement between a king seen as overbearing and barons who sought to limit his powers. Today, this document has become a symbol of the rule of law and is credited with the origin of modern rights and liberties in the Anglo-American world. This lecture will discuss what led to the creation of the document, what its contribution was in its own day, and how it came to achieve its contemporary iconic status.

In honor of the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta, Jeremy Q. Adams, Professor of History, Joshua Tate, Associate Professor of Law, and Ada-Maria Kuskowski, Assistant Professor of History, will bring different perspectives on Magna Carta that will illuminate its history and contribution to political and legal culture.
  When: Thursday, February 19
5:30 p.m. – Reception
6 p.m. – Lecture
  Where: Meadows Museum
Gene and Jerry Jones Great Hall
  Cost: Free but please register at
  More Info: Please visit www.smu.edu/dedman/DCII or contact Elizabeth Fielding at efielding@smu.edu