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Contributing editor of Newsweek, senior editor of Slate magazine presents Thayer Lecture at Randolph

Dahlia Lithwick

Dahlia Lithwick

Dahlia Lithwick, a contributing editor at Newsweek and a senior editor at Slate magazine, presented the fall Thayer Lecture at Randolph Tuesday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Lithwick made a timely presentation, entitled “The Supreme Court in the Balance: What We Know About the 2016 Term and the Election.” Drawing upon her experience reporting on the Supreme Court, Lithwick discussed the eight-member court, a blockbuster term, and a future question: What can the past few months teach us about the high court?

As the senior editor for Slate, Lithwick writes Supreme Court Dispatches and has covered the Microsoft trial and other legal issues. She also hosts the podcast, Amicus. Before joining Slate as a freelancer in 1999, she worked for a family law firm in Reno, Nevada. Her work has appeared in the New RepublicElle, the Ottawa Citizen, and the Washington Post. She is co-author of Me v. Everybody: Absurd Contracts for an Absurd World, a legal humor book. She is a graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School.

Thayer Committee chair Julio Rodriguez, a sociology professor and director of the American Culture Program at Randolph, noted that students might have recognized Lithwick from her multiple appearances on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

“Given that it’s a presidential election year and the court is in a unique state, we thought having a premier Supreme Court scholar on campus would be both timely and relevant,” Rodriguez said. “I think students found her talk to be very engaging and interesting.”

The Thayer Lecture, named for a respected, retired Randolph history professor, brings a scholar to Randolph College each year to lecture in the liberal arts. The event is made possible by the Philip Thayer Memorial Lecture Fund.

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