In Conversation with the Rosenbach: Kermit Roosevelt

Date / Time

  • April 19, 2017
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States



Constitutional scholar Kermit Roosevelt joins us to talk about his critically acclaimed book Allegiance, and the challenges of balancing safety with civil liberties. With an insider’s view of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration and the Supreme Court, he examines the legal and moral debates surrounding Japanese American internment and the lessons we can take from history.

Kermit Roosevelt is a professor of constitutional law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a former clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter, and an award-winning author. His novels include Allegiance and In the Shadow of the Law, and his nonfiction includes The Myth of Judicial Activism: Making Sense of Supreme Court Decisions and Conflict of Laws. Roosevelt’s law review articles have been cited twice by the Supreme Court. He is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School.

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A series of informal, intimate talks given by literary and cultural luminaries, In Conversation with the Rosenbach delves into fascinating histories, intellectual curiosities, and inspiring ideas. Each program offers the audience a chance to join the conversation after the talk and share their own thoughts and questions.