Documentary on Jean Monnet

Professor Don Smith of the University of Denver Strum College of Law has produced and posted a 90 minute documentary  on the life of Jean Monnet, one of the architects of the European Community. The film provides an interesting look into the genesis of the institutions that produced the European Union and the remarkable life of Jean Monnet.

Jean Monnet Father of Europe

From the project description:

Jean Monnet has been called “The Father of Europe” by those who see his innovative and pioneering efforts in the 1950s as the key to establishing the European Coal and Steel Community, the predecessor of today’s European Union.

Jean Monnet’s concept of “European community” was aimed at ending the ceaseless wars on the European continent and enhancing prosperity. And yet today in Europe – to say nothing of the rest of the world – Monnet is often a forgotten historical figure, his contributions to peace and prosperity in Europe largely overlooked.

In commemoration of this 20th century giant, 18 months ago Don C. Smith, who teaches “European Union Law & Policy” and “European Union Environmental Law & Policy” at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, embarked on an effort to produce a video documentary explaining who Monnet was and what his legacy is.

Mr. Smith’s interviews capture the observations and insight of those who worked with Monnet in the key years of the 1950s as well as individuals who have been influenced by Monnet’s contributions to European integration.

hat tip to Joan Policastri

Irish student’s Jarre wiki hoax dupes journalists

Irish student’s Jarre wiki hoax dupes journalists

Thursday, May 7, 2009; 5:18 AM

“When I die there will be a final waltz playing in my head,” Oscar-winning French composer Maurice Jarre once said, according to several newspapers reporting his death in March. However, the quotation was invented by an Irish student who posted it on the Wikipedia Web site in a hoax designed to show the dangers of relying too heavily on the Internet for information. The 22-year-old sociology and economics student at University College Dublin said he had expected blogs and perhaps small newspapers to use the quotes but did not believe major publications would rely on Wikipedia without further checks.


Source: BNA’s Internet Law News – 5/8/09

I’m shocked, shocked, shocked – there are biased Wikipedia entries

Much has been written about Sarah Palin’s Wikipedia entry.  Today’s New York Times reports on edits made by a Wikipedia user who picked the user name YoungTrigg (Ms. Palin’s infant son is named Trig) and later self-identified himself or herself as “a volunteer for the McCain campaign, . . . ”  YoungTrigg’s edits were later revised by Ferrylodge, “a lawyer who has contributed to Wikipedia for years and describes himself as a independent-minded Republican, . . . ”

The “Link by Link” feature, “Don’t Like Palin’s Wikipedia Story? Change It,” by Noam Cohen, also reports on WikiScanner and the discovery of self-promoting encyclopedia entries:

Last year, a graduate student, Virgil Griffith, created a clever Web site, WikiScanner, that made it easy to detect where anonymous editors of Wikipedia were accessing the site. In the process, companies, government agencies and, yes, politicians were caught in the act of spiffing up their Wikipedia entries . . .

History in the Law Library: Using Legal Materials to Explore the Past and Find Lawyers, Felons and Other Scoundrels in Your Family Tree

History in the Law Library: Using Legal Materials to Explore the Past and Find Lawyers, Felons and Other Scoundrels in Your Family Tree

Louisville Bar Briefs, Vol. 6, No. 4, April 2006

KURT X. METZMEIER, University of Louisville – Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Short but useful article, with some good biographical research tips and index references.

The standard law books and databases typically employed in legal research record the foibles and follies of humankind. This article discusses how these resources can be used to research local and family history.

Source: LSN: University of Louisville School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series Vol. 2 No. 6,  08/01/2008