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LSU Professor Named to Library of Congress Advisory Board of Scholars

07/11/2014 10:11 AM

BATON ROUGE – Ellis Sandoz, LSU political science professor and director of the Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies, has been named to the Library of Congress Advisory Board of Scholars for an exhibition on the Magna Carta.


Sandoz is one of just four scholars appointed to the board in which he will play an intricate role in assisting with the exhibition content.


“As we approach the opening of “Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor” on Nov. 6, 2014, we are fortunate to be able to draw on the knowledge and expertise of a distinguished board of advisors,” said Law Librarian of Congress David Mao. “The four-member group of leading history and legal scholars will bring a unique perspective to our exhibition planning.”


Sandoz – who has authored, coauthored and edited 20 books, including “Give me Liberty” and “The Roots of Liberty: Magna Carta” – has dedicated a portion of his scholarly career to researching liberty and its origins in American law, which trace back to the Magna Carta, also referred to as the Great Charter.


The library’s exhibition celebrates the 800th anniversary of the Great Charter of rights and liberties, and one of only four surviving copies of the Magna Carta will be displayed. Charting the document throughout the centuries, the exhibition will show an interpretation of how the Magna Carta led to the constitutional guarantees of individual liberty brought by the Founding Fathers of the U.S.  


The Magna Carta, written by 13th-century barons, was sealed June 1215 at Runnymede in Windsor, England. The document was a series of written promises created to protect the rights and property of the English people against a tyrannical king.


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