Please join us for a talk by Jane Sherron De Hart, professor emerita of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, on her new biography, Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life. It is the first full life—private, public, legal, philosophical—of the 107th Supreme Court Justice, one of the deepest and most profoundly transformative legal minds of our time. This book, fifteen years in the making, was written with the cooperation of Justice Ginsburg herself and based on many interviews with the justice, her husband, her children, her friends, and her associates. De Hart’s book on the Equal Rights Amendment (Sex, Gender, and the Politics of Sex: A State and a Nation , co-written with Donald G. Matthews) won the American Political Science Association’s Victoria Schuck Award for the best book on women and politics.
Professor Laura Kalman, Distinguished Professor of History at UCSB, noted legal historian, and author most recently of The Long Reach of the Sixties: LBJ, Nixon and the Making of the Contemporary Supreme Court (2017), will present a comment on de Hart’s book and its significance. Kalman’s biography of Lyndon Johnson’s friend, Abe Fortas, told the story of another famous justice of the US Supreme Court, Abe Fortas. This book won the LittletonGriswold Prize awarded by the American Historical Association for the most distinguished book on US law and society.
This event will take place in UCSB’s Buchanan Hall, Room 1910, on Jan. 26, 2019 at 2:30 pm. Discussion and a reception will follow.