March 23, 2005

New Yorker cites the wrong Scalia lecture

The latest issue of The New Yorker has an article about Antonin Scalia's Supreme Court opinions.

The author writes:

On a damp, cold afternoon in November, Scalia spoke at the University of Michigan Law School. Two hours before the lecture, the line extended down the steps of the school's auditorium.

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At 4:30 p.m., Scalia strode heavily to the lecturn, his head thrust forward.

I attended Scalia's speech at the Law School, but I don't remember any lines extending down any steps. The author has evidently confused Scalia's law school lecture with his lecture the previous day for the entire University (which I also attended). That lecture was given several blocks away from the Law School in the Rackham auditorium, and did indeed have a long line extending down steps. This University-wide lecture was the one with the picketing students shouting "Two, four, six, eight, separation of church and state!" that are mentioned in the article.

My recollections are confirmed by the authoritative, live-blogged account of Justice Scalia's law school lecture, which was well underway sometime before 3:42 p.m.

Posted by Carey at March 23, 2005 10:39 PM

Care-bear. You don't remember any lines since you were probably at the head of the line. I was near the middle of the line, all the way down the steps and going part down the street (but at least I could rock out to the tunes pumped by the Red Cross van nearby). Not sure on the time, though, but there were lines.

Posted by: Jkrasch at March 24, 2005 08:58 AM