Professor Jonathan Rose, Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar and Affiliate Faculty with the Department of History, will speak on “Musing on Clio: Why Study the Past, History, and Legal History,” at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, at Coor Hall, Room 4403.
In his talk, Rose will pursue two themes: that there is a commonality between the general interest in the past, the interest of historians, and interest of legal historians, and that several ideas about the past commonly appear in all three contexts. He will explore the various reasons that academic historians and legal historians study the past and the different ways in which they use it. This discussion will also shed light on the nature and development of legal history as an academic discipline.
After spending most of his career focusing on antitrust, regulation and legal ethics, Rose changed direction. His primary scholarly interests now involve medieval and early modern English legal history, and his research focuses on the history and regulation of the legal profession and the operation of the medieval legal system. Rose has also written on early defamation law, medieval prisons, and the historiography of legal history.