Supreme Conversations: Justice Sotomayor and Adam Liptak visit CCNY

The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, will visit City College of New York Monday evening to discuss growing up ‘Nuyorican’ in the Bronx. Sotomayor, who endured a difficult childhood dominated by her father’s alcoholism and his subsequent death, will discuss those years and her path of scholarly and professional excellence, which led to her becoming the first Hispanic justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice Sotomayor’s visit is timed to the new paperback release of her memoir, My Beloved World.

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Updated 12/14: View a webcast of Justice Sotomayor’s visit here.

The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, will visit City College of New York Monday evening to discuss growing up ‘Nuyorican’ in the Bronx. Sotomayor, who endured a difficult childhood dominated by her father’s alcoholism and his subsequent death, will discuss those years and her path of scholarly and professional excellence, which led to her becoming the first Hispanic justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Justice Sotomayor’s visit is timed to the new paperback release of her memoir, My Beloved World. In a recent interview with National Public Radio, Justice Sotomayor said she chose to write a “searingly candid” portrait of her life, in part, because “[t]o move people beyond just dreaming to doing, they have to be able to see that you’re just like them, and you still made it.”

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Movie Distributors Leave the Bronx Out in the Cold

My friend and I decided to look through the movie listings in the Bronx, where my she lives and I was visiting, to find out where those films were playing. Lo and behold, neither Lincoln or Argo, nor a single one of the serious Oscar-nominated films were playing anywhere in the vicinity. The vast majority of the films in local movie houses were explicitly violent.

argo_bannedBy Wanda Mercado, Colin Powell Center Administrative Director

When asked, “what are you doing this weekend?” my response was merely, “a friend and I are planning to catch a movie”—either Lincoln or Argo, both Oscar-nominated films. Once the Oscar list is published, this is something that we, like so many other people, routinely do each year: We make an effort to see each of the major movies in advance of the awards. The top movies this year are complex; they evoke lots of human emotions and address complicated issued. One leaves thinking: “Let’s follow up with coffee and a long conversation to dissect the essence of the film.” Continue reading “Movie Distributors Leave the Bronx Out in the Cold”