Wednesday, November 6

Day Underwritten by Sallyjo & H. Barry Levine
6:30 p.m.
T. K. Thorne
Last Chance for Justice: How Relentless Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham Church Bombers

Imagine that it’s 1960, and you are not only the first woman assigned to the Birmingham, Alabama, police force – you are also a Jew.

T.K. Thorne served as an officer for 20 years, retiring as precinct captain. Detailing the story of the reopening of the Birmingham church bombings of 1963, this insider’s account divulges the ins and outs of an investigation that involved analyzing original FBI files and finding new evidence, eventually bringing answers, justice and closure to the citizens of Birmingham.

Co-sponsored by Anti-Defamation League - Michigan Regional Office

8 p.m.
Opening Night, with keynote speaker, Jeffrey Toobin
The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court

From the awkward swearing-in of President Barack Obama by Chief Justice Roberts to a complicated relationship between the Supreme Court and the White House, legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin examines the politics behind this unique relationship. The distinct personalities of every justice and how each relates to the president and his administration is ever changing – and one of the most important dynamics of government today.

Jeffrey Toobin is the bestselling author of The Nine, Too Close to Call, A Vast Conspiracy and The Run of His Life. He is a staff writer at The New Yorker and senior legal analyst with CNN.

“Not until scholars a generation hence gain access to the justices’ papers are we likely to have a more useful, or more readable, picture of this oddly assorted group of judges at this moment in history.” – The New York Times Book Review

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