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Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Commemoration Event

The American Bar Association memorial to Magna Carta stands on the meadow at Runnymede.  Photo by David S. Mao.

The American Bar Association memorial to Magna Carta stands on the meadow at Runnymede. Photo by David S. Mao.

The major international commemoration of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta happened today at Runnymede Meadows in Surrey, England. Prime Minister David Cameron, HRH The Princess Royal, American Bar Association president William Hubbard, and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch participated in the rededication of the American Bar Association memorial at Runnymede.

 
The Law Librarian of Congress, David S. Mao, was fortunate enough to witness the ceremony in person. Here are some photographs from this morning:

The Royal Marines Band enters the meadow on June 15, 2015.  Photo by David S. Mao.

The Royal Marines Band enters the meadow on June 15, 2015. Photo by David S. Mao.

 

Law Librarian of Congress, David S. Mao, at Runnymede Meadows for the 800th anniversary commemoration.  Photo by

Law Librarian of Congress, David S. Mao, at Runnymede Meadows for the 800th anniversary commemoration. Photo by Claire Breay.

 

Schoolchildren from Surrey perform a play about Magna Carta.  Photo by David S. Mao.

Schoolchildren from Surrey perform a play about Magna Carta. Photo by David S. Mao.

You’re not too late to join in on the celebrations; Magna Carta commemorative events, lectures, art exhibitions, mock trials, and re-enactments will take place through November of this year in England, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

 
We have compiled a comprehensive list of all the coverage, press releases, blog posts, and videos from our own Magna Carta events from 2014 and 2015.  Our sponsors, without whom we could not have staged the exhibition and events, are also listed on the page.

Scholar Nicholas Vincent Delivers Final Magna Carta Lecture

The Law Library recently welcomed Magna Carta expert Nicholas Vincent for its final program in the Magna Carta Lecture Series. Vincent, professor of medieval history at the University of East Anglia, gave a lively and visual presentation titled “Magna Carta: From Runnymede to Washington: Old Laws, New Discoveries.” In his lecture, Vincent illustrated Magna Carta’s […]

2015 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

Starting in 2012,  I have posted information about this award and have enjoyed following the nominees and winners.  I look forward to seeing which titles are selected for this year’s award. The following is a guest post by Monique Fields, manager of communications at the University of Alabama School of Law. The University of Alabama School […]

Inside the Rosa Parks Collection

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Magna Carta Lecture Series – Magna Carta from Runnymede to Washington: Old Laws, New Discoveries

The Library’s final program of the Magna Carta Lecture series will feature noted Magna Carta scholar Nicholas Vincent on Monday, April 6, 2015. Professor Vincent will present his lecture: “Magna Carta from Runnymede to Washington: Old Laws, New Discoveries” at 1:00 p.m. in the Montpelier Room, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison […]

Wrapping up Magna Carta

For ten weeks, the Library of Congress hosted a whirlwind of events and activities that surrounded the exhibition, Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor. Activities began the day before the exhibition opened when the Law Library of Congress hosted the Chief Justice of the United States, John G. Roberts, Jr., and the former chief justice of […]

Final Magna Carta Gallery Talk – Pic of the Week

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Gallery Talk – Pic of the Week

This week I had the pleasure of attending a gallery talk on “Military Authority and the Internment of Japanese Americans during World War II,” which was given by Robert Brammer of the Law Library and Eiichi Ito from the Library of Congress Asian Division.  This gallery talk was one of several that have been given […]