A trust was established in 1983 in memory of the late Kathy Baker, a graduate of both New College and the Faculty of Law, to fund visits to the University by one or more distinguished individuals in the field of politics, government and law. The program is administered jointly by the Faculty of Law, New College and the Students’ Administrative Council of the University of Toronto. The Katherine Baker Memorial Lectures have been delivered by the Honourable Donald S. Macdonald, Mr. Geoffrey Pearson, Mr. Georges Henry Erasmus, Mr. Clayton Ruby, the Honourable Flora I. Macdonald P.C., Professor Mary Ellen Turpel, Dalhousie University, and Chief Gani Fawehinmi, Leader National Conscience Party Nigeria. 

  2015 Katherine Baker Memorial Lecture

 Professor David Armitage
Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at Harvard University

"Civil War? What Does This Mean?": Mid-Nineteenth-Century Answers to a Nagging Question

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
4:00pm to 6:00pm

Solarium, Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Civil war is an essentially contested concept, and has been from its Roman invention in the 1st century BC to contemporary debates around events in Iraq and Syria. This lecture treats the confusions over the meaning and application of the term "civil war" in the era of the US Civil War (as it came to be called mostly after the conflict itself), with special reference to its legal redefinition in the Lieber Code (1863) amid contemporary discussions by Anna Ella Carroll, Victor Hugo, Abraham Lincoln, Karl Marx, Herman Melville and J. S. Mill, among others

David Armitage is the Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at Harvard University, where he teaches intellectual history and international history. He is also an Affiliated Professor in the Harvard Department of Government, an Affiliated Faculty Member at Harvard Law School and an Honorary Professor of History at the University of Sydney. A prize-winning teacher and writer, he has lectured on six continents and has held research fellowships and visiting positions in Britain, France, the United States and Australia. He is the author or editor of fifteen books, among them The Ideological Origins of the British Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2000), The Declaration of Independence: A Global History (Harvard University Press, 2007), Foundations of Modern International Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and The History Manifesto (Cambridge University Press, 2014). His latest book, Civil War: A History in Ideas, will appear in 2016 from Alfred A. Knopf in the US and Penguin Random House in Canada.

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