Despite her recent health challenges, 86-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been making a number of public appearances recently, and that trend looks to continue in the fall.
It was just announced that Ginsburg will speak at Amherst College in Massachusetts in October, just prior to the start of the Supreme Court’s next term.
Massachusetts media outlet The Republican reported that Ginsburg’s scheduled Oct. 3 visit was announced in an online letter to the school’s students, faculty, and staff from Amherst College President Carolyn Martin.
Ginsburg will meet with students to deliver a review of the Court’s cases last term. Later, Ginsburg and Martin will participate in a “fireside chat.”
The event will be open to all members of the “Amherst College community” and free tickets will be available in late September on a first-come, first-served basis.
For those unable to acquire tickets to see Ginsburg speak in person, the event will also be live-streamed on the college’s webpage and in a separate auditorium for the overflow crowd.
Second visit to Amherst
Martin noted in the letter that this will be Ginsburg’s second visit to the Amherst campus. Ginsburg first visited Amherst in 1991 — two years prior to her being seated on the Supreme Court — when she was invited by Amherst’s then-President Peter Pouncey to be awarded an honorary degree.
At the time, Pouncey said that Ginsburg’s “lifelong insistence that inequality for some unbalances a society and makes it precarious for all” was the reason for the honor.
Martin wrote, “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.”
Ginsburg spoke at the University of Buffalo in late August shortly after completing radiation for a tumor on her pancreas and appeared at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. later the same week. The justice’s next stop is an appearance at the University of Chicago on Monday.
“Compared with most of her colleagues, Ginsburg has always done a lot of public appearances,” Amy Howe, a reporter who blogs about the Supreme Court, told The Hill.
“It’s hard to say whether she’s doing more than usual right now, or whether we’re all just paying more attention to them because of her recent health struggles,” she added.