Special Studies Lecture Series Begins Monday At Chautauqua Institution

The Robert H. Jackson Center, as part of a continuing collaboration with the Chautauqua Institution, will hold its weeklong Special Studies lecture series from Monday through Friday, Aug. 2, at 9 a.m. in the Hurlbut Church sanctuary at Chautauqua Institution.

For more information on attending one or all of these lectures, call the institution’s office of Special Studies at 357-6250 or visit www.ciweb.org and click on “Tickets.” The cost of the lectures is $22 for each daily session or $88 for the week’s five 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 regarded as one of the finest writers 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 1940s, often on nationwide radio, and as chief U.S. 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 at the 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 at the Robert H. Jackson Center – “A Nuremberg Trial, John Heyl Vincent, and Harvard Chemistry”

Wednesday, July 31: Larry Thompson, executive vice president of government affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary of PepsiCo – “A Conversation with Larry D. Thompson”

Thursday, Aug. 1: Peter Weitzel, managing editor, Miami Herald, retired – “Government and Your Right to Know – The Battle Continues”

Friday, Aug. 2: 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 Jackson’s legacy through education and exhibits, and by pursuing the relevance of his ideas for future generations. The center is located at 305 E. Fourth St., Jamestown. Tours are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, email info@roberthjackson.org, visit www.roberthjackson.org or call the center at 483-6646.