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Dienstag 21.06. 18.30 Uhr

The Power of the Supreme Court of the United States

Lecture with Q&A

Location: Online
Admission: Free
Language: English
Registration: Registration link will be published soon


Former Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes once observed the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) as “distinctly American in concept and function.” Only few other courts around the world possess the same authority of constitutional interpretation, but none of them have exercised it for as long or with as much influence.
How does the SCOTUS, the highest tribunal in the United States work? Why is it such an important factor in political games? How does one become one of the nine Justices, and why was the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson considered to be a novum?
And more important than ever: What does the potential overturn of Roe V. Wade mean?

David Goldfield, the Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History (University of North Carolina, Charlotte), will help us to get a better understanding of the importance and uniqueness of the SCOTUS. 


With: David Goldfield, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Moderated by: Ericka Bahner Seifried 
In cooperation with: Amerikazentrum Hamburg, U.S. Embassy Berlin

David Goldfield

David Goldfield is the Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. A native of Memphis, he grew up in Brooklyn and attended the University of Maryland. He is the author or editor of sixteen books including two, Cotton Fields and Skyscrapers (1982) and Black, White, and Southern (1991), nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in history, and America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation (2011). His newest book, The Gifted Generation, about life and the transformation of American politics after the Second World War (2017) was described by NPR as one of the “great books to hunker down with in 2018.” Goldfield is the Editor of the Journal of Urban History. He serves as Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and as an expert witness in voting rights cases. He is Past President of the Southern Historical Association (2012-2013).