Two hundred and fifty years ago, the Stamp Act Crisis ignited the American Revolution and foreshadowed a long series of events that would ultimately lead to the creation of a new nation. Behind the major upheaval was an extensive political debate between Great Britain and the American colonies on ideas of liberty and representation. Gordon S. Wood, a leading expert on the American Revolution, explores the intellectual revolution and how it shaped the War of Independence.
Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Abbe R. Gluck (moderator)
Wed, 10/29/2014 - 18:30
Wed, October 29th, 2014 | 6:30 pm
Note: This event is sold out
In an intimate conversation, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses the challenges and key moments of her accomplished career—from her central role in and strategy for gender discrimination law suits to her tenure as one of the few female Justices to serve on the nation’s highest court. Justice Ginsburg also offers personal insight into the culture of the current Court and shares her thoughts on the difference between being an advocate and a judge.
One-hundred years ago, Woodrow Wilson was sworn into office as the 28th President of the United States. Over the next eight years he would guide the country through the First World War and prove to be one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century. As the first writer given access to recently-discovered papers belonging to President Wilson’s daughter and personal physician, biographer A. Scott Berg shares his unique insight into the man behind the icon.
In this unique conversation with Tom Brokaw, Robert M. Morgenthau tells the story of one remarkable man’s experience in World War II: his own. The grandson of the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey at the outbreak of World War I and the son of FDR’s Secretary of the Treasury, Mr. Morgenthau began his own journey to prominence on the decks of naval destroyers. Join us for this frank and personal discussion with one of the city’s most indelible personalities.
How does the Constitution, an 18th-century document, relate to and dictate the laws of a 21st-century society? Through the analysis of past cases, including those concerning slavery, the Cherokee Indians, and detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Justice Stephen Breyer examines the Court’s arduous—and often turbulent—journey to establish its legitimacy as guardian of the Constitution. Having earned the public’s confidence, he expounds how the Court can continue promoting a workable democracy going forward.