U. S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to Speak at Tufts on"Interpreting the Constitution"

September 9, 2013

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Kalimah Redd Knight

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. (September 9, 2013) –U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will be  the 17th speaker in the Richard E. Snyder President's Lecture Series at Tufts University, on Wednesday, October 2, at 4:30 p.m. in Gantcher Sports and Convocation Center, on Tufts' Medford/Somerville campus. Scalia will talk about "Interpreting the Constitution" and then participate in a brief question and answer session.

Members of the public can reserve tickets for the free lecture by calling 617-627-3787. Tickets for members of the Tufts University community will be available starting Tuesday, September 24, at the front desk of Dowling Hall Student Services Center. Information on security procedures will be included with tickets.  Members of the news media who would like to attend should contact Katie Cinnamond at 617-627-4703 or Katherine.cinnamond@tufts.edu  for a ticket and reserved seat. During the event, recording devices will be permitted for note taking purposes but not for broadcast. Still photography will be allowed briefly at the beginning and end of the event.

Justice Scalia was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and is now the longest-serving member of the court. From 1982 to 1986 he served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He was chairman of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law from 1981to 1982 and its Conference of Section Chairmen from 1982 to1983.

Justice Scalia was in a private practice from 1961 to1967 before moving to the public sector. He served as general counsel of the federal Office of Telecommunications Policy from 1971 to 1972, as chairman of the Administrative Conference of the U.S. from 1972 to 1974, and as assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel from 1974 to 1977. He has been a professor of law at the University of Virginia and University of Chicago, and a visiting professor of law at both Georgetown University and Stanford University.

Supported by former chairman and CEO of Simon and Schuster Richard E. Snyder, who graduated from Tufts in 1955, this lecture series was established in 2004 to bring to Tufts speakers who have challenged conventional wisdom in their professional work.

Previous lecturers in this series have included ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero, historian Niall Ferguson, journalist Bob Woodward, author Salman Rushdie, political philosopher Michael Sandel, psychologist and director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self Sherry Turkle, physicist Freeman Dyson and author Michael Pollan.


Tufts University, located on three Massachusetts campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville, and Grafton, and in Talloires, France, is recognized among the premier research universities in the United States. Tufts enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence and for the preparation of students as leaders in a wide range of professions. A growing number of innovative teaching and research initiatives span all Tufts campuses, and collaboration among the faculty and students in the undergraduate, graduate and professional programs across the university's schools is widely encouraged.