On Monday, June 15 at 5:30 pm the signing of Magna Carta (“The Great Charter”) will be celebrated in Halifax on its 800th anniversary. Sealed in Runnymede, England, on June 15, 1215, Magna Carta continues to have an impact today. This transformative milestone will be marked in Halifax at an event organized by Dr Thomas Curran at the University of King's College.

The Honourable Justice Peter Bryson of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal will introduce the historical circumstances that brought the Charter into being. The Honourable Justice Jamie Campbell will explore "The Imagined Magna Carta," contrasting what the Great Charter said with how it was later characterized. 

Dr Thomas Curran will highlight the ecclesiastical context of its production and its almost immediate annulment. Finally, Dalhousie History professor and Acting Dean of the Dalhousie Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Dr. Krista Kesselring, will share insights into the continuing influences of this ground-breaking charter.

The panel discussion will take place from 5:30-7:30 pm in the KTS Lecture Hall, 2nd Floor New Academic Building. Event attendees will be able to join in a toast to the Charter at the conclusion of the formal proceedings. Reception to follow.

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