The Department of History and the Department of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University are sponsoring An Icon of Liberty: Magna Carta at 800, a lecture and panel discussion on November 5-6, 2015, on the 5th Floor of the Wimberly Library on the Boca Raton campus.
Professor Emeritus of Florida State University, Ralph V. Turner (PhD, FRHistS), author of Magna Carta through the Ages, and numerous other books on medieval English history, will present the lecture, “Magna Carta and the Medieval English Nobility” on Thursday, November 5th at 4pm. The Honorable David Prodger, British Consul General in Miami, will be attending and speaking as well. The event is free and open to the public and will be accompanied by a reception and the opening of the exhibit, “Magna Carta 800 Years: Legacy of Liberty,” This exhibit on the history of British and American liberties is drawn largely from the Marvin and Sybil Weiner “Spirit of America” Collection at FAU, one of the top repositories of early modern imprints in the country.
The following day, on Friday, November 6th at noon, there will be a panel discussion on the History of Magna Carta in England and the English-Speaking World, by Florida Atlantic University’s three professors of British history. Boyd Breslow will speak on “Magna Carta and the Origins of the English Parliament,” Ben Lowe (FRHistS) on “Magna Carta in the Era of the English Civil War,” and Douglas Kanter, (FRHistS) on “Magna Carta and the Modern World.” The panel will be moderated by Professor Turner and is free and open to the public.