Jackson Center to Host Lecture Series at Chautauqua Institution, July 29-August 2

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July 16, 2013 — The Robert H. Jackson Center, as part of a continuing collaboration with the Chautauqua Institution, announces a week-long Special Studies lecture series. The daily lecture will be held July 29 – August 2, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at Hurlbut Church Sanctuary on the Chautauqua Institution grounds. For more information on attending one or all of these lectures, please call the Institution’s office of Special Studies at (716) 357-6250 or go online at www.ciweb.org and click on “tickets”. The cost of the lectures is $22/daily session, or $88 for 1 week (all 5 sessions). Access to the grounds for the lectures requires a commuter gate pass.

The series, “The Practice of Justice Jackson’s Art: Talent & Responsibility in Public Communication” will explore how Jackson organized and prepared his writing and speeches and how his successors in government, global media and public discourse strive to deliver well and effectively their messages. Justice Robert H. Jackson, a “Chautauquan” throughout his life, is widely regarded as the finest writer ever to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.  As a leading lawyer in private practice, top U.S. government official under President Franklin Roosevelt, a leading public figure and speaker in the 1930s and 40s (often on nationwide radio), and as U.S. Chief Prosecutor of Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg, Jackson delivered innumerable messages and speeches that were eloquent and powerful.  His methods and skills in communicating the many issues of his work and times were defining aspects of his greatness.

The speakers and their lectures are as follows:

  • MONDAY: John Q. Barrett (Professor, St. John’s University; Elizabeth S. Lenna Fellow, Robert H. Jackson Center): “Robert H. Jackson, Voice of America: The Young New Dealer as National Figure and Nationwide Radio Speaker, 1935-1940”
  • TUESDAY: Douglas Neckers (McMaster Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, Bowling Green State University; Henry T. King Fellow, Robert H. Jackson Center): “A Nuremberg Trial, John Heyl Vincent, and Harvard Chemistry”
  • WEDNESDAY: Larry Thompson (Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, PepsiCo): “A Conversation with Larry D. Thompson”
  • THURSDAY: Peter Weitzel (Managing Editor, Miami Herald, retired): “Government and Your Right to Know – The Battle Continues”
  • FRIDAY: James H. Mullen, Jr. (President, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA), “A Conversation with Jim Mullen”

In conjunction with the lecture series, a special screening of the documentary “Liberty Under law: The Robert H. Jackson Story” will be held on Tuesday, July 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the Chautauqua Cinema. The 90-minute film chronicles the life and legacy of Robert H. Jackson from rural America to President Franklin Roosevelt’s inner circle as he becomes Solicitor General, Attorney General, U.S. Supreme Court Justice and Chief U.S. Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trial.

The Robert H. Jackson Center’s mission is to advance the legacy of Robert H. Jackson—U.S. Supreme Court Justice and Chief U.S. Prosecutor of the major Nazi war criminals following WWII at the International Military Tribunal (IMT) trial at Nuremberg—through education and exhibits, and by pursuing the relevance of his ideas for future generations. The Center is located at 305 East Fourth Street, Jamestown, NY.  Tours are available from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday and from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturdays. E-mail us at info@roberthjackson.org or visit us online at www.roberthjackson.org. For additional information about this or other events, contact the Robert H. Jackson Center at (716) 483-6646.