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Tonight: “Notorious RBG” to speak in Raleigh for Meredith College event

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will speak tonight in Raleigh as part of a Meredith College lecture series.

There are no longer tickets available for tonight’s installment of the Lillian Parker Wallace Lecture Series, but to make it more accessible to the public, the college is offering two viewing alternatives — a live-stream online and another that will be broadcast at Jones Auditorium on campus. That broadcast is open to the public and free to attend.

Ginsburg, 86, is known for her work to advance women’s rights and has become a cultural icon, particularly in the age of President Donald Trump. She is a liberal-leaning associate Supreme Court Justice who has been outspoken on the bench about voting, civil rights and gender equality.

She’s vowed to continue her work on the high court until at least January 2021 to avoid giving Trump a third appointment, despite some health setbacks. She completed radiation just weeks ago for her fourth battle with cancer.

Ginsburg — affectionately nicknamed the “Notorious RGB” — will be in conversation with Meredith College alumna Suzanne Reynolds, the first woman to serve as dean of the Wake Forest University School of Law, according to the press announcement.

Reynolds is known nationally for her expertise in family law and was a principal drafter of statutes that modernized the laws regarding both alimony and adoption. She is the author of a three-volume treatise on North Carolina family law that has become the authoritative source for law students, lawyers, and judges.

Meredith College is a private university in Raleigh grounded in the liberal arts. The school only accepts women as undergraduates, but the student body has grown to nearly 2,000, including men who are part of the graduate programs, according to its website.

The event will start at 7:30 p.m. in Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The Jones Auditorium, for anyone who wishes to attend the live-stream there, is located at 3800 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh. You can view the online live-stream here.

NC Policy Watch reporter Melissa Boughton will be covering the event. Follow her on Twitter, and check Policy Watch tomorrow for a recap.

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