Updated 12/14: View a webcast of Justice Sotomayor's visit here.
The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, will visit City College of New York Monday evening to discuss growing up ‘Nuyorican’ in the Bronx. Sotomayor, who endured a difficult childhood dominated by her father’s alcoholism and his subsequent death, will discuss those years and her path of scholarly and professional excellence, which led to her becoming the first Hispanic justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Justice Sotomayor’s visit is timed to the new paperback release of her memoir, My Beloved World. In a recent interview with National Public Radio, Justice Sotomayor said she chose to write a “searingly candid” portrait of her life, in part, because “[t]o move people beyond just dreaming to doing, they have to be able to see that you’re just like them, and you still made it.”
It’s not surprising then, that she’s come back close to home and to City College to give her talk, part of the Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture series, and to answer questions from students, faculty, and community members inspired by her success. While RSVPs are no longer being taken for the event as it has reached capacity, you can listen to NPR’s full interview, watch her 60 Minutes interview, or better yet, read her book (available in both Spanish and English at the City College Cohen Library).
While Sotomayor will skip discussing matters of the court in favor of keeping her talk personal, Adam Liptak, The New York Times Supreme Court correspondent, will be here a few days earlier to offer his analysis of the influence of Chief Justice Roberts on court decisions in “Covering the Roberts Court: A Reporter’s Reflections,” on Thursday, November 14 from 5 PM-7PM in room 0/201 of the North Academic Center. The talk is presented by the Skadden Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies. RSVP here and visit the Skadden Arps website for more information.