The Law Library of Congress in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy will host a program to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice.
The program, “Understanding Seclusion: the Legal Dimensions of the Ghetto,” will feature Benjamin Ravid, professor emeritus of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University, and Dick Schneider, associate dean for International Affairs and professor of Law at Wake Forest University School of Law. The program will also feature a display of rare books and documents exploring the history of the Venice Ghetto from the Library of Congress collection.
Professor Ravid will discuss the European legal context that surrounded the walled district and Dean Schneider will discuss the 16th-century play The Merchant of Venice, which he arranged as a mock trial (that featured Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) in Venice during the summer of 2016.
After the presentations, attendees are invited to view the documentary film, “The Venice Ghetto, 500 Years of Life” (2015), which reconstructs the history of the Venetian Ghetto at 2:00 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (presentations) and 2:00 p.m. (film showing)
Place: Montpelier Room, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building.
The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Tickets are not required.
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