Media Advisory: The Problem That Would Not Go Away—John Jay and the British Debts

Pace Law School to host 2011 John Jay Lecture on Thursday, March 10.

WHITE PLAINS, NY, February 24, 2011— Way before there were credit cards, there was indebtedness.
As Barnard College History Professor Herbert Sloan will chronicle in the 2011 John Jay Lecture, the early American colonists ran up large debts to British merchants before the start of the American Revolution. The ensuing struggle took nearly three decades to resolve, and John Jay—a Founding Father and the country’s first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court—was central to the drama.

Of interest to legal aficionados and history buffs alike, Professor Sloan’s lecture will recount the laws and treaties, the cases and courts that helped shaped American jurisprudence and finally eased US-British relations.

Professor Sloan, a recipient of the Emily Gregory Award for Teaching Excellence at Barnard, teaches in the areas of history of the Colonial and Revolutionary periods. His published works include Principle and Interest: Thomas Jefferson and The Problem of Debt (1995) and “The Earth Belongs to the Living,” in Peter S. Onuf, ed., Jeffersonian Legacies (1993). He is presently working on a book to be titled The Fall and Rise of Nancy Randolph. Interested in documentary editing, he serves on the editorial board of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson and is the chair of the editorial board of The Papers of John Jay.

WHO: Herbert Sloan, Professor of History at Barnard College
WHAT: 2011 John Jay Lecture
WHERE: Pace Law School (Robert B. Fleming Moot Courtroom)
78 North Broadway
White Plains, NY
WHEN: Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 4 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Media admission by press pass. Check-in required.

Over the course of the year, Pace Law School presents a series of seven named lectures, bringing nationally-reputed scholars to speak on topics of interest to both lawyers and the general public. The next event in the series, the Lloyd K. Garrison Lecture on Environmental Law, takes place Apri 15. 

This year’s lecturer is Dan Farber, the Sho Sato Professor of Law and the Chair of the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. His topic is a new, environmentally sensitive American way of life: “Sustainable Consumption and Communities: Bringing the American Way of Life into the Twenty-First Century.”

The annual John Jay Lecture held at Pace Law School is co-sponsored by the Jay Heritage Center. More information is available here.

Lauren Rubenstein,
Manager, Media Relations
Mark Shulman
Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs and International Affairs
(914) 422-4338

Founded in 1976, Pace University School of Law has over 7,000 alumni throughout the country and the world and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top three programs in environmental law. It offers full- and part-time day and evening JD programs on its White Plains, NY, campus and offers the Master of Laws degree in Environmental Law, Real Estate Law and Comparative Legal Studies, and a Doctor of Laws in environmental law. The School of Law is part of Pace University, a comprehensive, independent, and diversified university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County.

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