Around the Town: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to speak at NAU in February

2013-01-17T05:00:00Z Around the Town: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to speak at NAU in FebruaryABBIE GRIPMAN Arizona Daily Sun
January 17, 2013 5:00 am  • 

Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will be speaking at NAU on Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Ardrey Memorial Auditorium. The conversation will be on "Civil Discourse and Civic Engagement," and will be facilitated by Dr. Bjorn Krondorfer, director of the Martin-Springer Institute and Julie Piering, the Richard A. Wood professor of philosophy. The presentation, in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, is sponsored by the Martin-Springer Institute.

The talk will be simulcast in Sedona at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre and in Flagstaff at the Cline Library Assembly Hall on the NAU campus.

"As the first woman Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice O'Connor has left a remarkable legacy," Krondorfer said. "She has deeply reflected on the role of the American Constitution, social change and the democratic traditions."

O'Connor, a retired Associate Justice, was born in El Paso, Texas, March 26, 1930. She married John Jay O'Connor III in 1952 and has three sons. She received her B.A. and LL.B. from Stanford University. She served as Deputy County Attorney of San Mateo County, Calif., from 1952 to 1953 and as a civilian attorney for Quartermaster Market Center, Frankfurt, Germany, from 1954 to 1957. From 1958 to 1960, she practiced law in Maryvale, Ariz., and served as Assistant Attorney General of Arizona from 1965-1969.

O'Connor was appointed to the Arizona State Senate in 1969 and was subsequently re-elected twice for two-year terms. In 1975, she was elected Judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court and served until 1979, when she was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals. President Reagan nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and she took her seat Sept. 25, 1981. Justice O'Connor retired from the Supreme Court on Jan. 31, 2006.

Tickets for the presentation at Ardrey Memorial Auditorium are $15 for general admission, and free for NAU and CCC students, faculty and staff. Tickets can be purchased from the Central Ticket Office located in the University Union, by calling 523-5661 or (888) 520-7214, or by visiting

Both of the simulcasts will require tickets. The Cline Library engagement tickets are free, and available from Central Ticket Office. The tickets for Mary Fisher Theatre are $10 and available at the door or from Sedona International Film Festival, or (928) 282-1177.

Free parking is available after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends in parking lot P13, behind the Cline Library.

Lunchtime talk hosted by Game and Fish

The 2013 Arizona Game and Fish Department Lunchtime Speaker Series kicks off at noon on Friday. All talks will take place at noon at the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Flagstaff Regional Office at 3500 S. Lake Mary Road

Friday's talk will discuss adaptations and behaviors that wildlife demonstrate to survive Arizona's winter weather. Find out what happens to squirrels, deer or frogs when the temperatures drop below freezing.

Lunch will be sponsored by the Coconino Sportsmen, a group dedicated to wildlife conservation and education in northern Arizona.

Future talks will include the following topics:

-- Feb. 15: How do you catch a bighorn sheep? Learn about Wildlife Net Gun Captures

-- Mar. 15: The North American Model: The past, present, and future of Wildlife Conservation

-- April 19: Tips and tricks for fishing in northern Arizona

-- May 17: "Let's talk Turkey." Learn about Arizona's turkey populations

-- June 14: "What's cooking?" Fish and Game meat recipes

"Last year was a successful year for the speaker series, with over 300 people attending and we hope to increase that number this year," said Shelly Shepherd, Public Information Officer for Game and Fish. "We have a great schedule of talks this year and generous sponsors lined up to provide a light lunch for attendees."

Shepherd added, "The talks are only one hour and are a great way to spend the lunch hour."

For more information, call the Flagstaff Game and Fish office at 774-5045 or check the Game and Fish website at

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