Famous Trials

University Liberal Arts: University Lecture Program

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Famous Trials
Spring 2023
Taught By: Lisa Huestis
Section: L

CRN: 8931

Credits: 0

Conflict between the individual and the state is inevitable. In resolving these conflicts, trials have long been used to determine “truth.” Throughout history, a few trials have not only captured the interest of their contemporary public but have remained embedded in our collective, historical memory. What is it that makes the stories and lessons from these trials remain of interest long after the actual events have passed? Perhaps their lasting importance comes not from the event itself, but from the fact that the trial provided an important view of the condition of the time in which it took place. The trial is memorable because it captures critical events and debates in important moments of change. In this course we will examine some of these famous trials. We will consider the relevant historical, cultural and political context in which the trial took place. Our goal is to understand the trial itself as well as the larger context that made the trial memorable and important. The trials will be used as a lens to examine major historical transitions. Among the trials we will be studying are: the Trial of Socrates, the Trial of Galileo, the Trial of Anne Hutchinson, the Salem Witchcraft Trials, the Trial of the Haymarket Anarchists, The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Trial, the Scopes “Monkey” Trial, the Trials of the “Scottsboro Boys”, and the Chicago 7 Trial. In addition to traditional sources, we will use documents and transcripts as well as contemporary adaptations, including films and plays, to inform our understanding of these interesting historical events.**Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section of this course.** [This ULEC is in category 3, Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Arts and Humanities.]

College: University Liberal Arts (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 50

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:06am EST 1/30/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 12:20pm - 1:35pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 407
Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/9/2023