I am often asked, is the West red or blue? Republican or Democrat? The answer is neither. Even as the rest of the nation aligns by region into red, Republican South and blue, Democratic North, western states continue their maverick ways, switching from one color to the other.
Akhil Reed Amar thinks that Americans need to be cognizant of two constitutions. At his 4 p.m. lecture today in the Hall of Philosophy, he’ll explain just what he means by that.
Herman Cain has a problem with “emerging citizenship.”
As a second-generation Chinese-American, Eric Liu said he has a heightened awareness of every opportunity he’s been given, and the obligations that come with those opportunities — a worldview he hopes to instill in all United States citizens.
Moving to a new country was a big deal to Imam Malik Mujahid. That’s why he read six different countries’ constitutions before making the decision to move from his home in Pakistan to America.
“Before there was an Arab Spring,” Brown University historian Gordon S. Wood told the Amphitheater audience on Tuesday, “there was an Atlantic Spring.”
At 4 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy, Adriana Sanford hopes to communicate the need for Americans to think about privacy not just within the context of their own backyards, but on a global scale.
In many ways, the Supreme Court is separate from the other two branches of the United States government: Members are appointed rather than elected, serve lifelong terms and are not allowed to fundraise — but perhaps one of the greatest distinctions dividing the court from Capitol Hill and the White House is its members’ love of opera.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has appeared three times in the Washington National Opera; Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer have also made appearances. Though the justices may have their disagreements inside the court, their love of performance brings them together not just as colleagues, but also as friends.
In the eyes of Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Americans take their freedom for granted. As he spoke to the Chautauquans packed in and around the Hall of Philosophy at 3:30 p.m. Monday, he drew upon history and tradition to illustrate how vital it is that Americans engage in the discussion of freedom.
He admitted that in his younger years, he thought democracy could be given like a gift. He joked that some people think they can introduce democracy to a country, wipe their hands and say goodbye, and then democracy will be magically “installed.”