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Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, October 3, 2017. 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Watt Room, Stanford Humanities Center
Meeting Description: 

Ed Balleisen will be presenting his new book on the history of fraud in America, which documents the relationship between malfeasance and capitalism. Robert Gordon will provide opening comments. This event has been cross-listed with the Stanford Center for Law and History.

Edward J. Balleisen is associate professor of history and public policy and vice provost for Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University. He is the author of Navigating Failure: Bankruptcy and Commercial Society in Antebellum America. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

A preeminent legal historian, prolific scholar, and gifted teacher, Professor Robert W. Gordon’s expertise in American legal history, evidence, the legal profession, and law and globalization spans four decades, his influence on generations of lawyers and legal scholars incalculable. He has written extensively on contract law, legal philosophy, and on the history and current ethics and practices of the organized bar. Professor Gordon is known for his key works, The Legacy of Oliver Wendell Holmes (1992), and Storie Critiche del Diritto (Critical Legal Histories) (1995), and is editor of Law, Society, and History: Themes in the Legal Sociology and Legal History of Lawrence M. Friedman, which examines and celebrates the scholarship of Stanford’s Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law Lawrence Friedman.

 

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