Lectures sponsored wholly or in part by the Department of Education but which fall outside the normal 10:45 a.m. Amphitheater format will appear here as they are scheduled.
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Tuesday, July 9 — Hall of Philosophy, 4 p.m.
Beneficial Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
The Ninth Annual Robert H. Jackson Lecture on the Supreme Court of the United States
Save for service as solicitor general of the United States (1985–89) and as an associate justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (1995–99), Charles Fried, the Beneficial Professor of Law, has been teaching at Harvard Law School since 1961. His scholarly and teaching interests have been moved by the connection between normative theory and the concrete institutions of public and private law.
The author of many books and articles, Fried’s Anatomy of Values, Right and Wrong and Modern Liberty develop themes in moral and political philosophy with applications to law. Contract as Promise, Making Tort Law (with David Rosenberg) and Saying What the Law Is: The Constitution in the Supreme Court are fundamental inquiries into broad legal institutions. Order & Law: Arguing the Reagan Revolution (1991) discusses major themes developed in Fried’s time as solicitor general.
During Fried’s time as a teacher he has also argued a number of major cases in state and federal courts, most notably Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, in which the Supreme Court established the standards for the use of expert and scientific evidence in federal courts. He was educated at Princeton, Oxford and Columbia Law School.
The annual Robert H. Jackson Lecture is a lecture on the Supreme Court, the Justices, leading decisions and other Court-related developments, delivered just after the Court’s completion of its term.
Monday, July 29 — Amphitheater, 8:15 p.m.
executive producer and writer, HBO's "The Wire" and "Treme"
David Simon is a Baltimore-based journalist, author and television producer. Born in Washington, he came to Baltimore in 1983 to work as a crime reporter at The Baltimore Sun. While at the paper, he reported and wrote two works of narrative nonfiction: Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets and The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood, the former an account of a year spent with the city homicide squad and the latter, a year spent on a West Baltimore drug corner.
Homicide became the basis for the NBC drama which aired from 1993 to 1999, and for which Simon worked as a writer and producer after leaving the Sun in 1995. The Corner became an HBO miniseries, and won three Emmy Awards in 2000. "The Wire," a subsequent HBO drama, aired for five seasons from 2002 to 2008, and depicted a dystopic American city contending with a fraudulent drug war, the loss of its industrial base, political and educational systems incapable of reform, and a media culture oblivious to all of the above. The fourth and final season of his latest series, "Treme," about musicians in post-Katrina New Orleans, will air later in 2013. In 2009, Simon served as a writer and executive producer of HBO's "Generation Kill," a miniseries depicting U.S. Marines in the early days of the Iraq conflict.
Simon also does prose work for The New Yorker, Esquire and The Washington Post, among other publications.
Monday, August 19 — Amphitheater, 8:15 p.m.
An Evening with Anna Deavere Smith
Anna Deavere Smith is probably most recognizable in popular culture as Gloria Akalitus on Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie,” or as Nancy McNally, national security advisor on NBC’s “The West Wing,” but her work in the theater has been a central part of her artistic life. When she was awarded a 1996 MacArthur Fellowship, her work was described as “a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism, and intimate reverie.” Let Me Down Easy, Smith’s most recent production, deals with the subject of health care. It ran for six months at New York’s Second Stage Theater, toured for nine months around the United States, and was broadcast on PBS in January 2012.