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 Johnson Chapel 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. Ticket registration links will be live on this web page beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday, September 19, 2019 and will be limited to one ticket per person. An Amherst College username is required to access the ticket form. 

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, including a will call window at the venue. Ticket pick-up information will be included in the e-mail confirmation that is received when a ticket is requested through our online system.

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

Watch a Simulcast

A live stream of the event will be available at Stirn Auditorium for Amherst College students, faculty and staff with wait list tickets, and available online for those with an Amherst College username and password. 


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

Johnson Chapel
11 Quadrangle Drive
Amherst, MA 01002

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  A photo of Johnson Chapel in the fall

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