Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York


presents the Fall 2013 Hobart-Ives Lecture

Catholics in Connecticut?
The Long Life of Legal Intolerance

Friday, 27 September  |  6 p.m.

12th-floor Lounge
  |  E. Gerald Corrigan Conference Center 
Lowenstein Center  |  Lincoln Center Campus

This lecture will explore the long reach of the so-called Ludlow (Peters) Code, which originated in the Hartford and New Haven Colonies. This code, named for Roger Ludlow, the first lawyer in Connecticut, was used by the Puritans to uphold their position as God’s elect and to deny legal rights to others: Anglicans, Quakers, Catholics, and Jews.

This world view clashed with the ideals of the American Revolution, as later expressed in the Bill of Rights, which was not ratified by the State of Connecticut until 1939.

An independent scholar of the history of colonial intolerance, Peter McClean Ryan has practiced law, with an emphasis on litigation, for 40 years in Darien, Conn. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Mr. Ryan has had two cases decided on the merits by the United States Supreme Court.

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the lecture.

The Fall 2013 Hobart-Ives Lecture will be held in the 12th Floor Lounge on the Lincoln Center campus. 

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