Analysts discuss the origins, motivations, and ambitions of surging ISIS movement (video)

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Whether it’s called ISIS or ISIL, few people a year ago had even heard of the radical Sunni Islamist group that had splintered from al-Qaida. But as the Iraq-based terrorist organization rapidly swarmed and took control of cities and towns in Iraq and Syria, it suddenly became a front-burner issue in American foreign policy. After […]

HLS professors reflect on 50 years with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (video)

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In an Oct. 16 Harvard Law School panel discussion commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, four HLS professors reflected on its influence and examined how life for African-Americans has changed since its enactment. Professor Kenneth W. Mack, providing historical background, characterized the Act as the culmination of decades of struggle […]

A ‘sitdown’ with Snowden

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In videoconference, U.S. contractor who leaked surveillance data defends actions The new documentary “Citizenfour” centers on a series of candid interviews with Edward Snowden, the former Central Intelligence Agency employee and National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who last year leaked more than 200,000 classified documents about sweeping U.S. surveillance efforts. The film’s action unfolds in […]

Ogletree convenes panel on life after Ferguson (video)

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A panel convened by Harvard Law School Professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr., director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, reflected on what the recent crisis in Ferguson, Mo. means for broad policy issues, including racial discrimination, political disenfranchisement, policing, and the criminal justice system.

Court sense: Kagan provides peek into Supreme Court’s everyday workings (video)

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In an entertaining talk in HLS’s Wasserstein Hall with Dean Martha Minow on Wednesday, Associate Justice Elena Kagan ’86 displayed her trademark wit and wisdom, honed during her years as a Harvard Law School student, professor, and dean, her work with the Clinton administration, and her stint as solicitor general.

Mindy Kaling, ‘Obsessed with justice’ (video)

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“You’re probably wondering why I’m here,” comedian, actress, writer and producer Mindy Kaling said at Harvard Law School’s Class Day gathering on May 28. Kaling, star of the Fox TV show “The Mindy Project” and producer, actress, and writer on the NBC sitcom, “The Office,” offered several reasons, all in trademark self-deprecating and offbeat sense of humor.