U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Conversation with President Biddy Martin.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will join Amherst College President Biddy Martin for an onstage conversation in Coolidge Cage on Thursday, October 3 at 5 p.m. This is a ticketed event open to Amherst College students, faculty and staff.  

The second woman ever appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the first Jewish justice since 1969, Justice Ginsburg is well known for her clear voice in support of the constitutional rights of all members of our society. Her early career as a pathbreaking lawyer in defense of fundamental rights, as well as her nearly forty years as an appellate judge and Supreme Court Justice, have been well-documented in many media, including opera, late-night television, and two feature-length films.

Ticket Information

This free event is open to Amherst College students, faculty and staff. Due to limited seating capacity, no public or guest tickets will be available. Due to the high demand for tickets a lottery system will be utilized. Names will be selected at random and all faculty, staff and students that submitted a ticket request will receive an update on Friday, September 20. 

Tickets will be distributed from the Amherst College Conference and Special Events Office at 79 South Pleasant St., Suite 220 and at other locations leading up to the event. Ticket pick-up information will be included in the e-mail confirmation that is received by members of the campus community that receive a ticket. 

As announced on Thursday, September 26, a limited number of additional tickets to the 5:00 p.m. event will be available. To apply for a ticket, faculty, staff, and students can use the web forms on this page anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m.  on Friday, September 27. Names will be selected at random from all those who apply. The outcome of your ticket request will be sent to you on Monday, September 30, and will include ticket pick-up information. 

The event venue will open at 4 p.m. on October 3, and all attendees are asked to bring their ticket and Amherst College ID. Seats are first-come, first-served. At 4:50 p.m., all tickets are void and the venue will be opened to anyone in the wait line (Amherst College ID required) until all seats are filled.

Watch a Simulcast or Webcast

The event will be live streamed to Frost Library and the Amherst College Live Webcast page, and a copy of the video will be posted on line for 60 days. Access to the live stream on the event day, or to the post-event video, is available publically — no credentials required. 


Speaker Biography


Collection of the Supreme
Court of the United States

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, was born in Brooklyn, New York, March 15, 1933. She married Martin D. Ginsburg in 1954, and has a daughter, Jane, and a son, James. She received her B.A. from Cornell University, attended Harvard Law School, and received her LL.B. from Columbia Law School. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edmund L. Palmieri, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, from 1959–1961. From 1961–1963, she was a research associate and then associate director of the Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure. She was a Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law from 1963–1972, and Columbia Law School from 1972–1980, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California from 1977–1978. In 1971, she co-founded the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, and served as the ACLU’s General Counsel from 1973–1980, and on the National Board of Directors from 1974–1980. She served on the Board and Executive Committee of the American Bar Foundation from 1979-1989, on the Board of Editors of the American Bar Association Journal from 1972-1978, and on the Council of the American Law Institute from 1978-1993. She was appointed a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980. President Clinton nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and she took her seat August 10, 1993.

Venue Information

Amherst College Coolidge Cage
266 South Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002

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