Mon, Oct 22 2012 - 12:00pm
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
Former Justice, U.S. Supreme Court
In conversation with Dr. Mary Bitterman, President, Bernard Osher Foundation; Past Chair, Commonwealth Club’s Board of Governors
In a rare public appearance, Justice O'Connor will discuss the need for a better-informed citizenry as well as her life, career, and views on the role of the U.S. Supreme Court. O’Connor, the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court, strongly believes that America suffers from a lack of civic education, and that is hurting Americans’ capacity to solve 21st century challenges. To revitalize civic education, she founded iCivics, which uses innovative methods such as video games to engage young people in learning about government and civic participation. Since 2009, iCivics has reached over 1.5 million young people and sparked a national discussion about this important cornerstone of our democratic heritage.