New Jersey Senator Cory Booker announced his opposition to the nomination of Kavanaugh in a July 9 statement. Booker was concerned about Kavanaugh’s views regarding Roe v. Wade, the Affordable Care Act, and the rights of workers to organize for better wages and working conditions. Because of this, Booker urged young people to oppose the nomination of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. University professors explained how the Supreme Court has been increasingly politicized since the Reagan administration.
Associated Press photojournalist Burhan Ozbilici, winner of the World Press Photo of the Year in 2017 for his photograph of the assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov by off-duty Turkish police officer Mevlüt Mert Altintas, spoke at the University on Tuesday about journalistic honesty and integrity, and the experience of photographing the assassination.
Former president of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech Wałęsa spoke at the University on Monday on the subject of solidarity in the 21st century. He discussed his personal experiences as president and as leader of his labor union, Solidarity, and the United States’s place in global leadership.
Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, professors of government at Harvard University and co-authors of the book “How Democracies Die,” spoke to the University community on Monday about the threats currently facing U.S. democracy, in the context of demises of democracies in the past.
“I’m there to tell them they are not alone. I think that’s my job. The purpose for me of theater is to say that we’re not alone, or that we’re not separated,” explained Guillaume Gallienne, sociétaire of the renowned French theatre company Comédie-Française and winner of multiple César Awards for his autobiographical film “Les Garçons et Guillaume, à table!”.
Stephen Hawking, a theoretical physicist who received an honorary doctorate degree from the University in 1982, died on the morning of March 13 at the age of 76. Hawking is famed for his scientific achievements in studying the properties of black holes, as a beloved figure in pop culture, and for his book A Brief History of Time.