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Claudia Dreifus Interviews Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold

Sustainability Management Lecturer Claudia Dreifus, a contributor to The New York Times and The New York Review of Books, has a new interview published with former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold. 

Dreifus introduces the interview with a summary of Feingold’s progressive successes as a representative of the state of Wisconsin, including the passing of the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act in partnership with late Arizona Republican John McCain. Now, Feingold serves as the President of the American Constitution Society, an organization of lawyers that aims to be a liberal counterweight to the Federalist Society. 

Dreifus and Feingold discuss the mission and goals of the ACS, the current state of the Supreme Court, judicial tenure, and Feingold’s passion for the pursuit of justice.

Dreifus: Do you, like many, follow the state of Justice Ginsburg’s health with obsessive interest?

Feingold: Well, that feels like it’s an invasion of her privacy. To me, her situation raises the question of whether it’s a good idea to have anyone serve on the court for life.

Now, I am eternally grateful to Justice Ginsburg. Maybe she wants to stay on for ten more years and I sure hope she does. But there’s something untoward about there being an almost unnatural amount of pressure for her to stay on.

This is a discussion that ACS will promote, without taking a specific position, but I think that conversation is growing.

"'The Right Stole the Court': An Interview with Russ Feingold," The New York Review of Books

This summer, Dreifus will moderate thought-provoking conversations with The New Yorker’s Elizabeth Kolbert and The Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan analyzing the pandemic’s origins, the resulting issues in science communications highlighted by the crisis, and how lessons learned from the pandemic can be applied to other environmental-related disasters. A third evening will feature a panel of top science reporters and editors. Read more about the Reporter Nights series and RSVP.  

Read the full interview in The New York Review of Books and learn more about the M.S. in Sustainability Management program at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies