Mark S. Weiner

Preservation Waltz

In Aesthetics, narrative, form, Architecture, Austria, Books and libraries, Constitutional law, Cross-cultural encounters & comparisons, Environment, Europe, Law and film, Law and music, Video on July 19, 2016 at 12:42 pm

The latest video in my series about Austrian concepts of law and the Austrian experience of landscape is called “Preservation Waltz.” Rare books, forests, and domestic architecture. Sustainability is the key principle:

Small Blank Space

I discuss the video in this guest post on Environment, Law and History.

Out of the Cradle, Endlessly Rocking

In Race on July 8, 2016 at 10:30 am

In 2004, I published a book called Black Trials, a history of African Americans and the law from the colonial era to the present. The book grew from an undergraduate seminar which I taught in the American Studies program at Stanford in 1999, though its interpretive frame goes back to a doctoral dissertation about anthropology, jurisprudence, and American state development which I later published as Americans without Law.

The basic interpretive frame of Black Trials is the idea that the African American struggle for civic inclusion in the United States has involved a struggle to be viewed as a “people of law”—a struggle which also has involved a conflict about the nature of American law itself.

I discussed that idea in a talk I gave in 2005 at Syracuse University, where I also considered the meaning of the epigram of the book, taken from a poem by Walt Whitman. The talk can be found here.

Dancing a Jig

In Books and libraries, Video on May 10, 2016 at 11:16 am

As Mike Widener happily reports today in his blog, our short-short iPhone video “Putting Together a Book Exhibition” has won this year’s best video prize in the “Day in the Life” competition of the American Association of Law Libraries. The video documents the exhibition about illustrated law books that Mike and I are putting together for the Grolier Club in New York.

N.B.: the exhibition opening date was recently moved forward from February 2018 to September 2017. We hope to see you there!