Library program will take a look at the Supreme Court

January 9, 2024

Prof. Steven Winter

Library program will take a look at the Supreme Court

LUDINGTON — The Mason County District Library will host Wayne State University constitutional law professor Steven Winter on Thursday, Jan. 11 to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court. The free program, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., is part of the library’s ongoing Cairns & Beacons: Finding Our Way in a Post-Pandemic World lecture series.

Among the discussion will be how does the current court compare with courts of the past and what cases might be decided in 2024?

Professor Winter has been teaching law for 37 years and is a philosopher of the law with more than 25 papers examining the intersection of law and humanity. Now the Walter S. Gibbs Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law, Winter began his law career in 1978 with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Winter has argued in front of the Supreme Court and has worked on nearly 20 cases that have gone before the court. His numerous articles on constitutional law and legal theory, include “What Makes Modernity Late?,” and “Reimagining Democracy for Social Individuals”. His book A Clearing in the Forest: Law, Life, and Mind, makes the case that the better people understand how their own minds work, the better they understand the law.

This program on the Supreme Court is part of the lecture and discussion series: Cairns & Beacons: Finding Our Way in a Post-Pandemic World created through a collaboration between the Mason County District Library and the Abondia Center, with support from both Michigan Humanities and the Michigan Arts and Culture Council.

Each Cairns & Beacons presentation is followed one week later by a discussion on the topic. Winter’s presentation will be the fifth of eight presentations. Future presenters include Sheila Kraus, the Mason County Republican Chair and Paul Pierson of University of California – Berkeley.

The presentation is free in person or online and will be held at the Ludington branch of the Mason County District Library, 217 E. Ludington Ave. The library’s doors open at 6:45 p.m. for those joining in person. More information is available on the library website

Discussion of the program will be held on Thursday, Jan. 13 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the library or via the same Zoom link.