Professor Dick Schneider participates in Law Library of Congress event commemorating 500th anniversary of Jewish Ghetto of Venice

Photo of Wake Forest Law Professor Dick Schneider

Dick Schneider’s academic and professional activities are multifaceted and national and international in scope. Besides his environmental and international business law courses, he also teaches a course called Law, Literature, and Culture.

Professor Dick Schneider is participating in a Law Library of Congress program in Washington, D.C., later this month commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice. The following blog post by , “Law Library Program to Further Explore History of Venetian Ghetto” published on Feb. 7, 2017, outlines the details of the event.

On Tuesday, February 21, the Law Library of Congress in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy will host a second program to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice.

The first commemorative program that the Law Library hosted on May 24, 2016,  La Città degli Ebrei/The City of the Jews: Segregated Space and the Admission of Strangers in the Jewish Ghetto of Venice, highlighted the work of Primo Levi and Venetian Jews’ contributions to the arts and economy in early modern Italy.

Photo of line drawing depiction of Krakow’s Jewish quarter in Kazimierz (Casmirus). [Schedel, Hartmann]. Liber Chronicarum. German. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 23 Dec. 1493. Rosenwald Collection, Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collection Division.

Sourced from the Law Library of Congress. Photo by Shawn Miller.

This year’s program, “Understanding Seclusion: the Legal Dimensions of the Ghetto,” will highlight the early history of the segregated Jewish community in Venice and showcase rare books and documents from the Library of Congress collection related to the Jewish Ghetto of Venice. The program will also offer a viewing of the documentary film, “The Venice Ghetto, 500 Years of Life” (2015), which reconstructs the history of the Venetian Ghetto.

This commemorative program will feature remarks by several Jewish history and legal scholars. Benjamin Ravid, professor emeritus of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University, will discuss the European legal context that surrounded the walled district. David Malkiel, professor of Jewish History at Bar-Ilan University, will discuss the Jewish institutions of self-government that existed within the walled district. Lastly, Dick Schneider, associate dean for International Affairs and professor of Law at Wake Forest University School of Law, will address the play The Merchant of Venice, which he staged as a mock trial that featured Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Venice during the summer of 2016. This summer marked half a century since the establishment of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice.

The presentations and rare book and document displays will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Montpelier Room, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, D.C. The documentary film will be shown at 2:00 p.m. in the Montpelier Room. The program and film showing are free and open to the public, and tickets are not required.  The program will be recorded and posted at a later time, available through the Law Library of Congress.