William & Mary

Chancellor Sandra Day O'Connor to highlight several events during campus visit

College of William and Mary Chancellor and retired Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Sandra Day O’Connor will participate in several events during an October visit to campus, her third since being invested as the College’s 23rd Chancellor in April.

During her visit Oct. 7-9, Justice O’Connor will address two academic conferences hosted by the College, attend an undergraduate class, and participate in a special question-and-answer session with students.

“Justice O’Connor’s wisdom and wit will remind us, early and often, why our College is so fortunate to have her counsel,” said William and Mary President Gene R. Nichol. “I join my philosophy and law colleagues and our students in looking forward to hearing from her and once again welcoming her home.”

On Saturday, Oct. 7, O’Connor will address an audience of law students and faculty and participate in a panel discussion during an event sponsored by William and Mary Law School’s Institute of Bill of Rights Law. That event will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Kimball Theatre. Tickets are required.

O’Connor will also offer the keynote address for the Conference on the Future of Democracy (Oct. 6-7), an event sponsored by William and Mary’s Department of Philosophy. O’Connor will speak at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, in Andrews Hall (Room 101). The event is free and open to the public.

The Conference on the Future of Democracy will gather some of the country’s most acclaimed philosophers, historians, lawyers, social scientists and public leaders to address this year’s theme of “Human Development, Religion and Cultural Values.” It is the first of an endowed series of conferences to be held every two years.

While O’Connor’s talk is open to the public, the remainder of the two-day conference requires registration. For more information on the conference, visit http://www.wm.edu/philosophy/conference/.

On Sunday, Oct. 8, O’Connor will join the campus community for a question-and-answer session with a panel of students. That event, which is open to students, faculty and staff at the College, will begin at 4 p.m. in the atrium of the University Center.

O’Connor is making her third visit to campus as Chancellor. She returned to campus several weeks after her April Investiture to give remarks at both the main campus and law school’s May commencement exercises.