Justices of the Court and the Shaping of American History
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
In the wake of recent consequential—and controversial—rulings on cases such as Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, many Americans are questioning the influence and legitimacy of the U.S. Supreme Court. Did the Founders anticipate that the justices of the Court would wield the power to transform American life? In a discussion framed within the context of American history and the legacies and decisions of justices past, experts illuminate the methodology and philosophical approach of the current Court’s nine sitting justices.
Akhil Reed Amar, a New-York Historical Society trustee, is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University and the author of The Words That Made Us: America’s Constitutional Conversation, 1760–1840. Jeffrey Rosen is president and CEO of the National Constitution Center. His most recent book is Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law.
Program Update: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Marcia Coyle is no longer available to participate in this program.
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