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Great Courses: The Great Trials of World History And the Lessons They Teach Us

Thursday, May 20

11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Thursday, May 6th, 20th, and June 3rd at 11:00 am. No understanding of the past is complete without an understanding of the legal battles that have shaped it. In The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us, Professor Douglas O. Linder takes you back in time to revisit history’s most famous (and infamous) trials, including the Salem Witch Trials, the Scopes “Monkey” Trial, the Nuremburg Trials, and the Trial of O. J. Simpson.
May 6: (This discussion is only one week after the last discussion.)
The Scopes Monkey Trial (Episode 16) The Trials of the ‘Scottsboro Boys’ (Episode 17) The Nuremberg Trials (Episode 18)
May 20: The Alger Hiss Trial (Episode 19) The Rivonia (Nelson Mandela) Trial (Episode 20) The Mississippi Burning Trial (Episode 21)
June 3: The Trial of the Chicago Eight (Episode 22) The McMartin Preschool Abuse Trial (Episode 23) The O.J. Simpson Trial (Episode 24)
For more information about the episodes in the series Prof. Linder includes additional resources and also trials not in the series. Famous Trials
Suggested readings:
(Episode 16) De Camp, L. Sprague. The Great Monkey Trial. (Put a hold on it) Larson, Edward. Summer for the gods. (Put a hold on it) (Episode 17) Carter, Dan. Scottsboro. Scottsboro (Put a hold on it) (Episode 18) Gilbert, G.M. Nuremberg Diary  (Put a hold on it) Marrus, Michael Robert. The Nuremberg War Crimes Trial. (Put a hold on it) Persico, Joseph. Nuremberg. (Put a hold on it) Taylor, Telford. The Anatomy of the Nuremberg Trials. (Put a hold on it) Tusa, Ann and Tusa, John. The Nuremberg Trial. (Put a hold on it)
(Episode 19) Chambers, Whittaker. Witness.(Put a hold on it) (Download eaudio on Hoopla) Cooke, Alistair. A Generation on Trial. (Put a hold on it) (Download on Hoopla) Swan, Patrick. Alger Hiss, Whittaker Chambers, and the Schism in the American Soul. (Put a hold on it) Weinstein, Allen. Perjury. (Put a hold on it) (Download on Hoopla) (Episode 20) Mandela, Nelson. Long Walk to Freedom. (Put a hold on book) (Put a hold on audio) (Download on Overdrive) (Download eaudio on Overdrive) (Episode 21) Ball, Howard. Murder in Mississippi. (Put a hold on it) Cagin, Seth and Dray, Philip. We Are Not Afraid. (Put it on hold)
(Episode 22) Lukas, Anthony. The Barnyard Epithet and Other Obscenities. (Put it on hold) Wiener, Jon. Conspiracy in the Streets. (Download it on Hoopla) (Episode 23) Eberle, Shirley. The Abuse of Innocence. (Put a hold on it) Nathan, Debbie & Snedeker, Michael. Satan’s Silence. (Put a hold on it) (Episode 24) Bugliosi, Vincent. Outrage. (Put it on hold) (Download it on Overdrive) Clark, Marcia and Carpenter, Teresa. Without a Doubt. (Put it on hold) Cochran, Johnnnie. Journey to Justice. (Put it on hold) Shapiro, Robert. The Search For Justice. (Put it on hold) Simpson, O.J. If I Did It (Put it on hold) Toobin, Jeffrey. The Run Of His Life (Put it on hold) (Download it on Hoopla)
These episodes are available for viewing using the library’s streaming service Kanopy.
If you have not previously created an account with Kanopy, first set up your account through the library’s website so you have a free subscription.
To join Reference Librarian June Hesler for these live online discussions through Zoom, request an invite by clicking HERE
If you have previously signed up for a Great Courses program you do not need to request an invite. You are already invited.