Over the past century, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has reshaped American life with legal actions that desegregated schools, legalized abortion, struck down anti-sodomy laws and protected free speech.
To honor those achievements, forty acclaimed writers — including Salman Rushdie, Ann Patchett, Louise Erdrich and Scott Turow — dove inside the ACLU’s most significant cases, bringing their own passions and questions to bear, to probe what these efforts have meant for individuals and the nation.
Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, who coedited Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases, will join us to discuss how the bold voices of leading authors unpacked the legal decisions that pushed the boundaries of American liberties.
Michael Chabon is the bestselling author of eight novels, including his Pulitzer Prize–winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.
Ayelet Waldman is an Israeli-American lawyer, novelist and essayist best known for the Mommy-Track mysteries series.
Hosting presidents, vice presidents, secretaries of state, Supreme Court justices, world leaders, major journalists, and activists, the Streicker Center satisfies the community’s hunger for political understanding and engagement. Broadway stars, Academy Award winners, bestselling authors, film directors, world renowned musicians, comedians, and even magicians quench the thirst for entertainment. From history to culture, food to politics, we celebrate and explore it all. And night after night, the Streicker Center offers opportunities for discussion and debate about the most challenging and important issues of the day, from anti-Semitism, fake news, immigration, and racism.