Isaac Royall and Janet Halley

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Because Al Brophy is both incredibly cool, and also a good friend, I think he will let me get away with pirating this post:

This morning’s CLIP service brings news that Janet Halley’s talk on becoming the Royall Chair at Harvard Law School has been published in the Harvard Blackletter Law Journal.   There’s been much talk of late about Isaac Royall, who was an early benefactor of Harvard Law School.   He built his fortune, using slave labor, on the sugar business in the West Indies.    Professor Halley’s moving talk, where she asks what we make of this history, is available on the internet.   She is introduced by Dean Kagan.   I highly recommend it.   Further evidence of how the past is being reshaped–and in ways that are extraordinary and (perhaps) unexpected.

–Ann Bartow

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