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Jan. 11, 2021

Media Advisory: National Experts to Discuss Law and Democracy in Speaker Series

  • What: Inaugural Pitt Family Foundation Speaker Series, presented by the James E. Rogers College of Law and featuring Janet Napolitano, Lawrence Lessig, Ezra Klein and Eddie Glaude Jr.
  • When: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 23, 12:15 p.m.; Tuesday, March 23, 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, April 22, 5:30 p.m. (all times MST)
  • Where: The series will be presented online. Find links to register for each talk below. For registration questions, contact Bernadette Wilkinson at
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TUCSON, Ariz. – Following a year marked by some of the most consequential political events in American history, the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law will present four prominent and influential speakers to discuss law and democracy in the inaugural season of the Pitt Family Foundation Speaker Series.

The free monthly online series will be moderated by former Tucson mayor and current University of Arizona law professor of practice Jonathan Rothschild. The speakers are:

  • Eddie Glaude Jr. – Tuesday, Jan. 26, 5:30 p.m.
    Glaude is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of the African American Studies Department at Princeton University. His most well-known books, "Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul" and "In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America," look at Black communities, the difficulties of race in the United States and the challenges facing democracy.
    Register for Eddie Glaude Jr.
  • Ezra Klein – Tuesday, Feb. 23, 12:15 p.m.
    Klein is founder and editor-at-large of Vox, author of the book "Why We're Polarized," and a policy analyst for MSNBC, where his commentary focuses on, as he describes it, "domestic and economic policymaking, as well as the political system that's constantly screwing it up."
    Register for Ezra Klein
  • Lawrence Lessig – Tuesday, March 23, 5:30 p.m.
    Lessig is a Harvard law professor, New York Times bestselling author and 2016 presidential candidate. He occupies a unique place at the intersection of transformative ideals, citizen activism and the future of the law, digital technologies and democracy itself. Lessig first became known for developing the very foundations of internet law, allowing the sharing of copyrighted content.
    Register for Lawrence Lessig
  • Janet Napolitano – Thursday, April 22, 5:30 p.m.
    Janet Napolitano is a professor of public policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. She served as the 20th president of the University of California and was secretary of homeland security from 2009 to 2013. She is a former two-term governor of Arizona, a former attorney general of Arizona and a former U.S. attorney for the District of Arizona.
    Register for Janet Napolitano

The Pitt Family Foundation Speaker Series is part of the Participatory Democracy Initiative at the University of Arizona. The Participatory Democracy Initiative is an interdisciplinary and community-engaged program of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, the School of Government and Public Policy, and the School of Journalism.

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Media contact:
Tracy Mueller
James E. Rogers College of Law

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