Because of his vote to uphold President Obama's Affordable Care Act, Chief Justice John Roberts is suddenly being hailed for his independence from the conservative bloc he normally votes with on the Supreme Court. In its cover story this week, Time praises Roberts' decision as a "virtuoso performance" and likens him to King Solomon for having achieved a compromise among bitterly divided justices. But a justice from another era puts Roberts in historical perspective. A University of Pennsylvania graduate who was a Philadelphia prosecutor and corporate lawyer before Herbert Hoover appointed him to the high court, Owen Roberts shared a last name but no family relationship with the current chief justice.
Days after its dean arrived in Israel as part of a delegation of university provosts, Sarah Lawrence College has spoken out publicly against the American Studies Association boycott of Israel. Academic boycotts have the effect of stifling dialogue vital to academic freedom; indeed, Israeli academics themselves are crucial voices in debating the policies of their government. To declare their institutions barred from academic exchange unfairly curtails their academic freedom and limits the possibilities for dialogue to contribute to understanding, affect policy, and even change minds. Her statement now means that all of the university provosts, who are part of a delegation sponsored by Project Interchange , an education project of the AJC, hail from universities who have publicly rejected the boycott.
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This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. The camera shutter snaps rapid-fire, and Craig looks pleased. It should come as no surprise that Craig, 83, is comfortable in front of the lens. On the wall behind her hangs An American Girl in Italy , the photo by Ruth Orkin that has become an icon of documentary photography. The girl is none other than Craig herself.