Monday, July 17, 2017

Sac,Thurs July 27, Federal Court Summer Program 8-5; Play and The Visit at 1:00; cost of food only (apx.$20)

What: All-Day Federal Court Summer Program including a Law Themed Play and Discussion!

When: Thursday, July 27 Where: Robert T. Matsui US Courthouse; 501 "I" Street, Sacramento, 95814 - Justice Kennedy Library and Learning Center Time: 8:00-5:00;

We are flexible with home-schoolers - please come and go as needed during the program - you just have to find us in the courthouse and catch up with the group;

Agenda is always posted outside the Kennedy Center on the first floor, left of security. 

As always, it is okay to drop off students at event if needed or have older teens drive on their own. Have them identify themselves upon arrival to Dr. Kelso so I know who is unaccompanied.

Cost: Estimate is $20 (for breakfast, lunch and snack - just cost of food; no other fees); 

What to bring: public parking available at AMTRAK lot or under the "I" street I-5 overpass near RR museum.

Food is not covered by the courthouse, everything is out of pocket. 

Who: Event is open to all; but the play is most appropriate for more mature students (Middle to High School age). 

Invited Audience: Home- schoolers will be joining employee children/youth of the Federal Court as part of a "take you child to work day" (and that is why this event is scheduled from 8:00-5:00)

If you have joined us in the past for programs - feel free to just come for the play and discussion (at 1:00).

Play: "The Visit" Why did we select this play? Justice Kennedy suggested the play to one of our alumni teachers of our summer teaching institutes as a great teaching tool for discussions about justice!

Play Notes: Friedrich Duerrenmatt's The Visit premiered in Zurich in 1956. Duerrenmatt was 35 at the time, and the play's performance immediately won him international acclaim, cementing his reputation as a dramatist.

Duerrenmatt describes "The Visit" as a "tragic comedy" that offers a pessimistic social vision of post-war Europe, and especially of Switzerland. A criticism of Swiss neutrality during World War II, the rise of fascism, the 1950s rise of capitalism, and the general corruptibility of justice, "The Visit" powerfully asks whether it is possible to buy justice on the one hand, and whether murder and personal revenge can constitute justice on the other. Teacher Resources to help guide your decision:


8:00 Meet in Rotunda; Pancake Breakfast in cafeteria (2nd floor) followed by a court tour.

9:30 Court Observation with Judge Q and A

11:00 Law Enforcement Career Speaker (US Marshal or other; potential tour of US Marshal secure area)

Noon Lunch - Catered lunch in Kennedy Center

1:00 Showtime - Kennedy Center (play is approximately 2 hours with additional intermission - snacks provided)

4:00 Moderated Discussion with Director Steven Crain, a HS teacher, plus a judge and law professor!

5:00 Conclude Security: We are a federal courthouse; expect security screenings much a like an airport (shoes and belts may need to come off).

Allow 30 minutes for parking and security. Registration - copy and paste: Questions: Dr. Kari Kelso 916 753-9664;


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