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Ruth Pointer on life, art and not being perfect

Video: Ruth Pointer talks about not being perfect, and doing it all over again.
Ruth Pointer is still so excited.
February 12, 2016

Pop singer visited ASU as part of the Project Humanities series

Ruth Pointer is still so excited.

At least, that's how you feel after listening to the lead singer of the pop act the Pointer Sisters talk about this stage in her life and the reflections on her long career — which includes pop hits like the affirming "I'm So Excited," the slow-burning "Fire" and the classic ballad "Slow Hand."

Pointer discussed her art and her life's arc through fame and addiction in an appearance at ASU Thursday night as part of the Project Humanities series. Before she took the stage, Pointer granted some time with ASU Now to talk about how essential the humanities are in our culture and the role art has played on her life.

Ken Fagan

Videographer , ASU News


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Remembering Justice Antonin Scalia

Remembering Justice Antonin Scalia: An ASU law professor on his legacy.
No one compared with Scalia's "sheer intensity of prose," says ASU law prof.
Scalia's legal philosophy, originalism, "won the day" in several areas of law.
February 13, 2016

ASU professor remembers the conservative justice, who died Saturday

Antonin Scalia, who died Saturday at the age of 79, is being remembered as a brilliant legal scholar who reinvigorated and redefined the conservative wing of the federal judiciary from his perch as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Erik Luna, a Foundation Professor of Law in the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, spoke with ASU Now about the legacy of the larger-than-life conservative conscience of the Supreme Court.

Question: Judge Richard PosnerPosner, a respected jurist, is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and a senior lecturer at University of Chicago Law School. has called Antonin Scalia the most influential justice of the past quarter-century. What made him so influential?

Answer: Justice Scalia was perhaps the most influential voice among the Supreme Court’s conservative voting bloc, though he frequently confounded the political labels.

He was a legendary interlocutor and a first-rate legal wordsmith, and, as a result, students of the Court were drawn to his voice in oral arguments and the words of his opinions, even when in dissent. Most of all, Justice Scalia was a source of intellectual inspiration for several generations of lawyers, becoming a near cult figure in conservative legal circles.
Q: Scalia's judicial philosophy was originalism. Explain what that is and how it has now gained prominence outside of the courts.

A: Generally speaking, originalism is the belief that the Constitution should be interpreted consistent with the intent of those who drafted and ratified the original document and its later amendments. Through his body of work, Justice Scalia made originalism a reputable, if not at times dominant, method of constitutional interpretation. He and his acolytes in the legal profession presented a powerful challenge to other interpretive methodologies, especially the idea of a “living” Constitution. In several areas of the law, one can say that originalism has won the day, due in no small part to Antonin Scalia.

Q: Scalia had an amazing way with words. Examples of his colorful language abound, but a recent instance came in the summer of 2015 when he called the court's logic in the most recent Affordable Care Act decisionThe Court ruled on King v. Burwell on June 25, 2015. Scalia wrote a scathing dissent. "jiggery pokery" and "pure applesauce." Has there ever been such an interesting writer on the court? Such an interesting personality?

A: Justice Scalia lies in the pantheon of American legal writers. Perhaps Justice William O. Douglas could turn a better phrase, but no one compares to Scalia in terms of the sheer intensity of his prose.
Q: What will be his legacy? What did American jurisprudence lose on Saturday?

A: Justice Scalia’s passing is a great loss for American jurisprudence in general and for the conservative legal movement in particular. In law, he most definitely was a giant.

Above photo by United States Mission Geneva, via Wikimedia Common