Skip to content
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Delivers the 2017 Rathbun Lecture on a Meaningful Life
Watch archived footage of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's personal reflections during the "Rathbun Lecture on a Meaningful Life."
Questions or comments? Email us at webcasts@alumni.stanford.edu


Read the transcript here
Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Justice Ginsburg is a lifelong advocate for equal rights and a pioneer for women in law. She was sworn in as 107th Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993, becoming the second woman to join the highest court.

She is the seventh person chosen as the Rathbun Visiting Fellow by the Office for Religious Life at Stanford.

The Rathbun Lecture

Harry Rathbun was one of the most beloved Stanford faculty members of the 20th century. His lecture on the meaning of life, "Harry's Last Lecture," was a popular annual Stanford tradition.

Former Rathbun student and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor revived the tradition in 2008, when she gave the inaugural address of an endowed series of Rathbun lectures.

Never Stop Growing
Stanford Alumni Learn Page

Visit the Learn page to stay up-to-date with Stanford's online alumni education programs, including free talks, classes, and more from faculty and campus luminaries.

2015 Rathbun Lecture


In this inspiring lecture, Oprah Winfrey discusses how spiritual practice is the foundation of a meaningful life.