Dr. Paul Teverow will present “Magna Carta: A Failed Peace Treaty That Still Matters” at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Billingsly Student Center’s Phelps Theater.

Dr. Paul Teverow

Dr. Paul Teverow

The presentation will explore how Magna Carta, or the Great Charter, originally served to settle some of the differences between King John of England and the baron, his most prominent subjects. It reaffirmed traditional “liberties” of the Church and other corporate bodies. King John also pledged to end the arbitrary arrests, fines and taxes he had imposed on his subjects.

This 1215 agreement proved a failure in the short run, but in the longer run it helped establish basic principles of government that would have a lasting legacy.

Admission is free and open to the public.