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Justice Ginsburg to speak on two great passions: law, opera

If not for her monotone voice, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would have been a great operatic diva. Instead, she became what she considered to be the next best thing: a lawyer.

The first woman to serve on the prestigious Harvard Law Review and the first tenured female professor at Columbia Law School, Ginsburg won four out of the five cases she argued before the Supreme Court preceding her appointment to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993. The law may be her calling, but opera was her first love.

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Nawaz traces rise of Pakistan’s military as force in its politics

Shuja Nawaz is director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council, a think tank in Washington, D.C., focused on that geographical and political region.

Raised in Pakistan, Nawaz earned degrees in economics and English literature from Gordon College, Rawalpindi, and in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He now lives just outside Washington, and he is a crucial link between the United States and Pakistan.

Thursday at 10:45 in the Amphitheater, Nawaz will speak about the role of the military in Pakistan, and the civil-military relationship that dominates politics in his native country.

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Earle to speak from Aquarius Reef Base, 50 feet below the surface off Florida Keys

Sylvia Earle, National Geographic explorer-in-residence, is often affectionately called “Her Deepness” because of her record-setting expeditions to the bottom of the ocean. At 10:45 a.m. Wednesday in the Amphitheater, Earle will speak to Chautauqua from the place she is most at home — the deep.

She will speak remotely from the Aquarius Reef Base, an underwater laboratory and research center near the Florida Keys operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), of which Earle was chief scientist from 1990–1992.

“When I was a kid, it was less common — in fact unusual — for women to become scientists or engineers,” Earle said. “It was unheard of for a woman to be chief scientist on an oceanographic vessel, or for a woman to be the captain of a ship, or to be the captain of an airplane, for heaven’s sakes. Those things have changed.”

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