My Magna Carta Interview in Beyond The Hill

I discussed the history of King John and Magna Carta and its impact on modern Canada, as well as my book, Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights, with Beyond The Hill: Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians. The interview is on pages 28 and 29 of the magazine.

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Magna Carta lecture and book signing in Edmonton on November 26 and 27

The Magna Carta Canada exhibition opens at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in Edmonton on November 23. Magna Carta will be on display there until December 29. I will be speaking and signing books in Edmonton on November 26 and 27. Here are the public events:

Carolyn Harris Event On November 26 at 12pm I will be speaking at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law about my book, Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights and the enduring impact of Magna Carta on the Modern World. Pizza will be served.

On November 27, I will be signing copies of Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights at Audrey’s Books from 12pm until 1:30pm

The book signing is listed in the Edmonton journal as one of the upcoming literary events in the city.

Click here to read my interview with the Ms. Magna Carta faculty blog at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law about writing, the book, the impact of Magna Carta and whether King John should be considered the worst king in English history.

My article on Magna Carta and Women’s Rights in the Queen’s Alumni Review

My article on Magna Carta and Women’s Rights has been published in the fall 2015 issue of the Queen’s University alumni review. The article discusses the situation of noblewomen in King John’s reign (including the queen, Isabelle of Angoul√™me), the clauses in Magna Carta that discuss¬†inheritance rights and freedom from forced remarriage for noble widows and how Magna Carta went on to inspire suffragettes and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Review of Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada in Resource Links Magazine

My 1st book, Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights has been reviewed in Resource Links Magazine for teachers and recommended for students in Grades 9-12.

Here is an excerpt from the review: “Lavishly illustrated throughout, Dr. Harris gives a well-rounded history of the document and its creation and guiding principles. She explains the impact of the document right through to seeing it as a basis of the United Nations‚Äô Universal declaration of Human Rights. Of particular interest to students may be the importance of the Magna Carta in Canada‚Äôs history through to the present day. As well, Dr. Harris looks at the impact of it on the American and French Revolution…Highly recommended for both school and public libraries.

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My article on King John and Magna Carta in Law Now Magazine

My article on King John and Magna Carta, which was first published by Magna Carta Canada in 2013, has been reprinted by Law Now Magazine. The article examines the reign of King John, the conflict between the king and his barons and the making of Magna Carta.

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My talk on Magna Carta and Canada’s Constitution for the Osgoode Constitutional Law Society (November 16: 12:30-2:30pm)

Magna Carta Osgoode LawI will be giving a talk on Magna Carta and Canada’s Constitution for the Osgoode Constitutional Law Society on November 16 at 12:30pm along with Magna Carta Canada director Art Linton. I will be discussing the influence of Magna Carta¬†on Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The event will take place at the Ignat Kaneff Building, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University Campus, Room 2003

Magna Carta and Canada’s Constitution¬†is open to the public and lunch is provided! All are welcome.

My book, Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights, is available for purchase at the Osgoode Law bookstore.

October 25: Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada Book Signing at Bayview Chapters in Toronto

I will be signing copies of my book, Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights, at Chapters Bayview Village in Toronto Р2901 Bayview Ave #132 Р from 12 to 3pm  on Sunday October 25. All all welcome.

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My Magna Carta talk at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto

I will giving a talk about my book, Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights at Fort York as part of the International Festival of Authors in Toronto on October 22 at 8pm. My lecture will discuss the impact of Magna Carta on the Modern World including the English Civil Wars, the Glorious Revolution, the American Revolution, the French Revolution and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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CTV News coverage of my Magna Carta book tour

While I was in Saskatoon last week, CTV news visited my book signing at the University of Saskatchewan. I was interviewed about the my book Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights and the cultural impact of Magna Carta.

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My Magna Carta lecture series at Fort York this October

While Magna Carta is on display at Fort York in Toronto, I will be delivering a series of lectures based on my book, Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights, at the historic Blue Barracks, which will be transformed into the Runnymede pub for the duration of the Magna Carta: Law, Liberty and Legacy exhibition. Here is the lecture schedule:

October 7 and 8: King John and the Making of Magna Carta

Wednesday, October 7, 2 ‚Äď 3 p.m.
Thursday, October 8, 8 ‚Äď 9 p.m. (Pub open 6 – 10 pm)

When King John’s rebel barons presented him with terms of Magna Carta, they did not see themselves as revolutionaries but as guarantors of traditional English rights and customs. King John’s predecessors issued Coronation Charters promising to uphold traditional English customs and the rights of the barons and clergy. When King John refused to uphold these traditions and his barons rebelled, he was presented with Magna Carta, the first example of a king accepting limits on his power imposed by his subjects.¬†Tickets are available here.

October 14 and 15: King Edward I “Longshanks” and Magna Carta in 1300

Wednesday, October 14, 2 ‚Äď 3 p.m.
Thursday, October 15, 8 ‚Äď 9 p.m¬†(Pub open 6 – 10 pm)
Today, Edward I – known as Longshanks for his great height – is best known as the villain of Mel Gibson’s 1995 film Braveheart but in his own lifetime, he earned the respect of his English subjects through his military victories in Scotland and Wales. The King’s wars required the financial and military support of his people. In exchange for taxes and troops, Edward I’s subjects expected him to accept the terms of Magna Carta and Edward I reissued the document numerous times during his reign. Clauses from the Edward I’s Magna Carta remain on the Statute Books in the UK.¬†Tickets are available here.

October 21 and 22: Magna Carta and the Making of the Modern World

Wednesday, October 21, 2 ‚Äď 3 p.m.
Thursday, October 22, 8 ‚Äď 9 p.m.¬†(Pub open 6 – 10 pm)
In Tudor times, Magna Carta fell into obscurity and became an obscure legal document. A strong monarch seemed necessary to protect England for external threats and Shakespeare’s play, King John, does not even mention the Great Charter. Magna Carta emerged from obscurity because of the legal writing of Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634) who argued that document was the foundation of all English liberties. Coke’s interpretation of Magna Carta informed the American and French Revolutions and the development of modern Canada, including the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.¬†Tickets are available here.

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