At 4 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy, Laurence Tribe will discuss the chaos of law and order in…
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.
Ten days after the Sept. 11 attacks, Sandra Day O’Connor, at the time a Supreme Court Justice, spoke at Duquesne University School of Law. Constitutional law scholar Ken Gormley recalled part of O’Connor’s speech that he “couldn’t shake out of [his] mind.”
“I want to share a sermon in progress this morning with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community and with those of us who care for them in bearing their suffering, having their civil and human rights subverted and their relationships defined by love ignored or vilified,” Bishop John Chane said.
As an academic who studies the U.S. criminal justice system, John C. Jeffries warned Tuesday’s Amphitheater audience that his lecture wouldn’t be a happy one. But after three decades of examination, he believes the end to what he calls the “incarceration epidemic” is finally in sight.
Jeffries, the David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, gave the second morning lecture on Week Six’s theme, “Crime and Punishment.”
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.”
The 2012 election was one of many firsts. It was the first presidential election in which corporations had First Amendment rights. It was the first federal election with hundreds of millions of dollars of “secret money” spent. And it was the first election since 1972 in which neither presidential candidate participated in the public spending system.
What was the result of this election of firsts? An unprecedented amount of campaign spending: $7 billion.
“That is a 337 percent increase in spending since 1992,” said Trevor Potter, the founder of the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, D.C.
The issue of campaign financing lies at the intersection of money and politics, of morality and economics, and Trevor Potter thinks it’s time for a change.
At today’s morning lecture at 10:45 a.m. in the Amphitheater, Potter will show Chautauquans how the current system of campaign finance came to be. He is the founding president and general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan “watchdog” in campaign finance, elections, political communication and government ethics.
It is an article of faith that knowing the past can help explain aspects of the present. What are the origins of some of the most intractable problems we face as a country? What are the underpinnings of our strengths? The end of this year’s Supreme Court term brought two cases — Shelby County v. Holder and Fisher v. the University of Texas — that vividly illustrate the connections between the past and the present.
Week Three’s Interfaith Lectures theme — “Emancipation: Where Do We Go From Here?” — goes hand in hand with the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent rulings on the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8. There’s no better time to bring to Chautauqua Institution a Supreme Court expert who can shed light on the complex machinations of the Supreme Court and the motivations of its justices.