All Weekend, Every Weekend. On C-SPAN3.

U.S. Supreme Court and the Constitution

Burt Neuborne

Burt Neuborne

New York City
Saturday, December 15, 2012

Civil libertarian and New York University professor Burt Neuborne speaks at Cooper Union about how Supreme Court justices interpret the constitution. He argues that when there is no precedent, judges often make decisions based on their values which, in the 21st century, usually coincide with their political affiliations.

Updated: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 12:13pm (ET)

Related Events

Supreme Court "Mistakes": Dred Scott v. Sandford
Sunday, May 22, 2011     

In April, Pepperdine University Law School hosted a symposium, exploring the most maligned United States Supreme Court Decisions.

Heritage Foundation Discussion on Supreme Court's 2010-2011 Term
Wednesday, July 6, 2011     

Deputy Solicitor General Neal Katyal headed up a panel of legal scholars to review the recent Supreme Court term.  He talked about important cases from this term including the Wal-Mart case, the impact Justice Kagan has made on the Court and also looked forward to what’s ahead including the Obama health care law cases currently being heard in circuit courts around the country.  The Heritage Foundation hosted this discussion in Washington, DC. 

The Presidency and the Supreme Court
Saturday, July 14, 2012     

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor speaks about historical conflicts between the judicial and executive branches of government. She talks about the separation of powers in cases of war and reflects on moments in American history when the three branches of government intersected and clashed. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York hosted this event in 2007.

Oral Histories: Arlen Specter on Robert Bork & Clarence Thomas Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings
Saturday, August 11, 2012     

Arlen Specter died Sunday, October 14th, 2012, at the age of 82. In his 30 years representing Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate, Specter participated in the confirmation hearings of 14 U.S. Supreme Court nominees. Soon after leaving the Senate in 2011, Specter sat down for a series of oral history interviews with the Pennsylvania Cable Network. In this interview, he recounts his experience as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee as it considered the nominations of Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas.

Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall's Retirement Press Conference
Saturday, October 6, 2012     

45 years ago, on October 2, 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first African American Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.  He was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson.  This is his 1991 retirement press conference.

Recorded History of the U.S. Congress
Sunday     

This year marks the 225th anniversary of the first meeting of the U.S. Congress at Federal Hall in New York City. As part of the annual meeting of the Society for History in the Federal Government, past and present House and Senate historians came together to discuss the state of congressional history. They explored current projects to retrieve old records from individual members of Congress as well as the many differences between the first Congress and Congress today. 

American Artifacts: Making & Breaking Secret Codes - Part 1
Sunday     

American History TV visits the National Cryptologic Museum - located on the campus of the National Security Agency, just north of Washington, DC - to learn about the making and breaking of secret codes, and their role in U.S. history. This first of a two-part program includes a look at the breaking of the German “Enigma” code in World War II.

Theodore Roosevelt and the Great War
Sunday     

Historian J. Lee Thompson discusses Theodore Roosevelt’s views on World War I and his reaction to President Woodrow Wilson’s neutrality policy. Roosevelt’s four sons served in the military during the war – his youngest, a pilot named Quentin, was shot down and killed over France in 1918. Roosevelt never recovered from his son’s death and died six months later in January 1919. Thompson is a Lamar University professor and author of Never Call Retreat: Theodore Roosevelt and the Great War.

Reel America: "Suicide: The Unheard Cry" 1968
Sunday     

This dramatized training film portrays five different types of suicidal personalities so that warning signs can be spotted and help offered before it is too late. Following the 44 minute film, a 10 minute portion of a 2012 C-SPAN Washington Journal regarding the continuing problem of military suicide is shown.

History of Fort Myers, Florida
Sunday     

C-SPAN's Local Content Vehicles take American History TV on the road. We feature the history of Fort Myers, Florida over the weekend of April 19-21. 

Share This Event Via Social Media
C-SPAN on Facebook (late 2012)
Questions? Comments? Email us at AmericanHistoryTV@c-span.org