U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to speak at Amherst College

  • Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at the Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. AP PHOTO/CLIFF OWEN

Staff Writer
Saturday, September 07, 2019

AMHERST — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is coming to the Pioneer Valley.

Ginsburg, 86, will be speaking at Amherst College on Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. in the Johnson Chapel. Before her “fireside chat,” Ginsburg will meet with students to review cases from the last Supreme Court term.

This isn’t the first time that the college has invited Ginsburg to campus. College President Carolyn “Biddy” Martin said in an email to campus that the school awarded Ginsburg with an honorary degree in 1991 — two years before her appointment to the Supreme Court. 

Martin wrote that when then-president Peter Pouncey awarded Ginsburg that honorary degree, he cited her “lifelong insistence that inequality for some unbalances a society and makes it precarious for all.”

“Her unwavering dedication to righting that imbalance over the course of her lengthy and principled career as a jurist has made Ginsburg not only a pioneer for gender equality but an inspiration to all who seek to address systematic injustice,” Martin wrote.

Ginsburg was the second woman ever appointed to the country’s highest court, and the first Jewish justice to serve on the court since 1969. 

The talk at Amherst College is a ticketed event and is open only to Amherst College community members. The college will begin reserving tickets on its webpage Sept. 19 at 8 a.m. The event is free, and tickets may be reserved on a first-served basis.

“Because we expect Johnson Chapel to be full to capacity, the talk will be live-streamed to the Amherst College webpage (Amherst College login required) and to Stirn auditorium, where ticketed overflow seating will be available,” Martin wrote in her email. “We anticipate that faculty members may host livestream-watching gatherings.”

Dusty Christensen can be reached at dchristensen@gazettenet.com.