Special Lectures

Simon: ‘The drug war is essential to why we can’t even police ourselves anymore’

Simon: ‘The drug war is essential to why we can’t even police ourselves anymore’

David Simon was never promoted throughout his entire 12-year career as a crime reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He shared his theory on career advancement with the Amphitheater crowd at his lecture Monday night: “Stay in one spot until you outlast everybody.”

But it was all that time spent as a crime reporter that would influence his later work, both his nonfiction books and his successful TV shows, such as HBO’s “The Wire.”

Simon says: ‘The Wire’ creator to give special evening lecture on ‘Crime and Punishment’

Simon says: ‘The Wire’ creator to give special evening lecture on ‘Crime and Punishment’

In an effort to describe David Simon’s work on “The Wire,” critics have drawn parallels from Shakespeare to Dickens to David Chase of “The Sopranos.” But the reference point Simon often uses for his work is similar to how he describes contemporary American society: the Greek tragedy.

Both Simon and television critics have compared his widely acclaimed HBO drama “The Wire” to a Greek play, with its dark themes, social commentary and complete lack of hesitation to kill off characters.

Justice Kennedy: ‘We must know our heritage and our history’

Justice Kennedy: ‘We must know our heritage and our history’

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.”

Kennedy speaks to Week Five theme in special presentation

Kennedy speaks to Week Five theme in special presentation

Anthony M. Kennedy, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, will offer remarks on the Week Five theme, “The Pursuit of Happiness,” in a special lecture at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy.

Nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan, Kennedy took his seat Feb. 18, 1988. In his 25 years on the bench, he has written the court’s majority opinion on many landmark cases, including United States v. Windsor in 2013, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in 2010, Kennedy v. Louisiana and Boumediene v. Bush in 2008 and Lawrence v. Texas in 2003.

Lincoln Applied Ethics Series concludes today

Lincoln Applied Ethics Series concludes today

Rothenberg joins four Arizona State University colleagues in a panel discussion at 4 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy, the third and final program of the 12th annual Lincoln Applied Ethics Series at Chautauqua Institution. Jason Robert, interim director of the ASU Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, will moderate the panel, which features Rothenberg; LaDawn Haglund, associate professor of justice and social inquiry; Braden Allenby, professor of civil and environmental engineering and of law; and Amy Landis, associate professor in the ASU School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment.

Knight to speak on Addams, Chautauqua’s role in her ideology

Knight to speak on Addams, Chautauqua’s role in her ideology

Chautauqua audiences knew Jane Addams well, as the social and political activist made a number of appearances on the Institution’s lecture platform. Louise Knight, who has authored two books on Addams, will describe how Addams’ Chautauqua presentations are linked to some of the ideas that appeared in her later publications.

Knight is speaking at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ as part of the Oliver Archives Heritage Lecture Series.

Former solicitor general Fried to survey recent Supreme Court terms

Former solicitor general Fried to survey recent Supreme Court terms

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.