Join us as we watch, and then discuss, Law Professor Douglas Linder’s twenty-four 30-minute lectures on important legal cases from around the world and across the centuries. This Great Courses series, The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us, is a survey of trials that provide insights into issues we still face today: freedom of speech, the death penalty, religious freedom, and the meaning of equality. From the trials of Socrates in ancient Athens to Thomas More in Henry VIII’s England, to the Nuremburg Trials that followed WWII, and the O. J. Simpson murder case in 1995, we’ll examine what these trials have to teach us about our society and ourselves. Professor Linder, developer of the Famous Trials website, demonstrates how these cases serve as windows into history and contribute to the evolution of concepts about law and justice. We’ll cover two trials, one older and the other more recent, each week. Readings from the Great Courses Guidebook and discussion questions will be posted on Canvas. A study group participant will lead a 30-minute discussion on each trial. No class on 9/11/19 and 11/27/19.