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Inherit the Wind (1960)
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Classic Film Series
Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, Samuel Alito, Philip C. Bobbitt
Fri, November 18th, 2016 | 7:00 pm


Justice in Film
Join us for the New-York Historical Society’s film series, featuring opening remarks by notable directors, writers, actors, and historians. Explore how film has tackled social strife, morality, and the perennial struggle between right and wrong—conflicts that manifest across cultures and history.

Inherit the Wind (1960)
This classic, fictional dramatization of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial tells the story of lawyer Clarence Darrow, played by Spencer Tracy, who must defend a man accused of teaching evolution in the classroom. Directed by Stanley Kramer. Starring Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly. 128 min.


Samuel Alito was nominated as Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, by President George W. Bush and took his seat on January 31, 2006. Philip C. Bobbitt is Herbert Wechsler Professor of Jurisprudence at Columbia University and the director of the Center on National Security at Columbia Law School.


Entrance to the film series is included with Museum Admission during New-York Historical’s Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights (6–8 pm). No advance reservations. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 pm. New-York Historical Society Members receive priority.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


Saturday, November 19, 2016 | 9:30–11 am: The American Constitution: Its Reach and Limitations
Featuring: Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, Samuel Alito; Philip C. Bobbitt; Akhil Reed Amar

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