Scott Turow and Judge Richard Posner to Discuss the Future of Authors, Books, and Libraries

This Discussion is Sold Out; Seats May Become Available the Evening of the Event

February 2012

Scott Turow and Judge Richard Posner will talk about the future of books, authors, and libraries in the digital age at the next “Conversations at the Newberry,” a new series of discussions to generate thought-provoking discourse for and frame important questions about enduring issues that are timely today. Each evening features a pair of authors speaking about topics on which they have expertise and with which they are enthusiastically engaged, followed by give and take with the audience.

The conversation will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 22, in the Newberry’s Ruggles Hall, which seats a maximum of 200 guests. Registration for the event is now CLOSED, but unclaimed seats will be available after 5:45 the evening of the event. Registrants MUST arrive by 5:45 p.m. to guarantee their seats. After 5:45 p.m., any vacant seats and standing-room spaces will be opened and made available to non-registrants.

An attorney and author of nine best-selling works of fiction, including his famous first novel, Presumed Innocent (1987), and its sequel, Innocent (2010), Scott Turow has written numerous op-ed pieces and conducted interviews about the future of libraries and the digitization of books. His works of non-fiction include One L (1977) about his experience as a law student, and Ultimate Punishment (2003), a reflection on the death penalty. Turow’s books have won several important literary awards, including the 2003 Heartland Prize for Reversible Errors, the 2004 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Ultimate Punishment, and Time Magazine’s Best Work of Fiction of 1999 for Personal Injuries. He has also twice been President of the Authors Guild, a major advocacy group concerned with copyright, contractual, and free expression matters involving authors.

Turow has also had a long legal career and has been a partner at SNR Denton (formerly Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal) since 1986, where he concentrates on white-collar criminal defense and devotes a large amount of his time to pro bono matters. Before joining the firm Turow was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago, during which time he served as lead counsel in several prosecutions related to Operation Greylord, a federal investigation of corruption in the Illinois judiciary.

Judge Richard A. Posner has been called “the most influential jurist outside the Supreme Court,” (The New York Times, July 14, 2011). Named to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 1981 and Chief Judge from 1993 to 2000, Judge Posner has written more than 2,500 published judicial opinions and 30 books, the most recent of which are How Judges Think (2008), Law and Literature (3d ed. 2009), and A Failure of Capitalism: The Crisis of ‘08 and the Descent into Depression (2009). His academic work has covered a broad range, with particular emphasis on the application of economics to law. His current research includes work on evidence, intellectual property, citations analysis, the public intellectual, antitrust, and jurisprudence and moral theory.

Prior to being named to the federal bench, Judge Posner was a professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School, where he continues to teach part-time as a Senior Lecturer. During the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations, he clerked for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., and worked for the Solicitor General of the U.S., Thurgood Marshall, and as general counsel of President Johnson’s Task Force on Communications Policy.