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January 22, 2014

‘Degrees of Freedom’ Jan. 27

Michelle McKinley presents Bernard B. Kliks Professorship lecture

Professor Michelle McKinley will present her first Bernard B. Kliks Professorship lecture on the degrees of freedom in colonial Latin America on Monday, Jan. 27. McKinley's lecture will begin at 5 p.m. in the Lewis Lounge of the Knight Law Center.

The lecture, "Degrees of Freedom: Intimacy, Slavery, and Legal Mobilization in Colonial Latin America," will focus on enslaved women as legal actors within the Hispanic urban slavery who are socially disfavored, economically active and extremely litigious. A retrospective look at their freedom suits explores how enslaved litigants have strategically exploited the rhetorical power of liberty through recourse to the law, although their realities were decidedly unequal.

McKinley is the Bernard B. Kliks Professor of Law at the University of Oregon School of Law. Previously she served as the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development. McKinley has published extensively on public international law, globalization, and legal history, particularly the law of slavery. Her articles appear in the Law and History Review; Slavery & Abolition; Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice; Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power; Yale Journal of Law and Humanities, and Unbound: Harvard Law Journal of the Legal Left among others. She has been awarded fellowships for her research from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the Newberry Library. She was awarded the Surrency Prize in 2011 for her article, "Fractional Freedoms: Legal Activism & Ecclesiastical Courts in Colonial Lima, 1593-1700."

Those planning to attend should RSVP to leathers@uoregon.edu by January 22.

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