JOHN FABIAN WITT, Yale University

Author of Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History (2013 Bancroft Prize), John Fabian Witt is Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law at Yale Law School and a professor in Yale’s history department, where he teaches the history of American law, the laws of war, and the law of torts. Other writings include Patriots and Cosmopolitans and the prize-winning The Accidental Republic. He recently published a book on the law of torts, Torts: Cases, Principles, and Institutions, and is currently editing a book on constitutional orders in emergencies, as well as writing a history of the Garland Fund: the 1920s philanthropic foundation whose work financed the efforts that culminated in Brown v. Board of Education. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Society of American Historians, and the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship.


Thur-Fri, Sept. 29-30
    Dartmouth C., Hanover, NH

Thur-Fri, Oct. 13-14
    Hiram C., Hiram, OH

Thur-Fri, Oct. 20-21
    Butler U., Indianapolis, IN

Thur-Fri, Feb. 2-3
    Carnegie Mellon U., Pittsburgh, PA

Thur-Fri, Feb. 16-17
    Lafayette C., Easton, PA

Thur-Fri, Feb. 23-24
    U. of Colorado, Boulder

Thur-Fri, April 6-7
    U. of Albany, SUNY

Thur-Fri, April 13-14
    Hobart & Wm. Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY


The Puzzling Laws of War:  From Lincoln to Afghanistan

The Radical Roots of Brown v. Board:  A Blueprint for Modern Constitutional Change

Two Humanitarianisms:  Competing Conceptions of the Laws of Armed Conflict

The Switch:  The Twentieth-Century Reinvention of American Freedom

View a complete list of Witt's public lecture topics/classroom discussion subjects.

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