Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia ’60 will give the inaugural Herbert W. Vaughan lecture this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. The event will be open to members of the Harvard community.

The lecture is made possible thanks to the generosity of Herbert W. Vaughan LL.B. ’48. The purpose of the address is to promote and advance understanding of the founding principles and core doctrines of American constitutionalism, and it will be given every other academic year.

In years when the Vaughan Lecture is not given, the “Herbert W. Vaughan Lecture and Academic Activities on America’s Founding Principles Fund” will support academic activities sponsored or co-sponsored by the Harvard’s Federalist Society Student Chapter for the same topics addressed in the Lectures. These may, among others, include federalism, executive leadership, judicial independence and power, religion in American public life, and other matters related to the Constitution of the United States and its implementation in American life.

Scalia’s visit comes on the heels of a visit by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’56 ’58 , who was on campus for Celebration 55: The Women’s Leadership Summit. And, on the weekend of October 17, The Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor will give the keynote address at a Charles Hamilton Houston Institute conference entitled, “Charting New Pathways to Participation & Membership.”