Hot off the Press Book Talk: Jane Sherron DeHart

Tue, Apr 9, 2019, 12:15 pm
Program in Law and Public Affairs
Program in American Studies

Jane Sherron DeHart discusses her book, Ruth Ginsburg: A Life.

From the publisher's description:

The first full life — private, public, legal, philosophical — of the 107th Supreme Court Justice, one of the most profound and profoundly transformative legal minds of our time; a book fifteen years in work, written with the cooperation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg herself and based on many interviews with the justice, her husband, her children, her friends, and her associates.

In this large, comprehensive, revelatory biography, Jane De Hart explores the central experiences that crucially shaped Ginsburg’s passion for justice, her advocacy for gender equality, her meticulous jurisprudence: her desire to make We the People more united and our union more perfect. At the heart of her story and abiding beliefs — her Jewish background. Tikkun olam, the Hebrew injunction to “repair the world,” with its profound meaning for a young girl who grew up during the Holocaust and World War II.

Lunch is provided (available at noon). RSVP required (via Google form).


Jane Sherron De Hart is professor emerita of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara.