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And Justice for All with Becki Chalmers

What makes people do the right thing and under which circumstances?

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About this class:

This is a 10-week virtual class using the Zoom platform.

Wednesdays: January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - 2-4 pm CST

Benjamin Disraeli, the 19th-Century British Prime Minister, called justice "truth in action." The concept and practice of justice run deep in our American roots, to say nothing of our religious leanings. Justice, and how it manifests itself, is directly related to power, who has it, and how it is wielded. In this literature and film course, we will explore what makes people do the right thing and under which circumstances. Reading a widely disparate group of texts--ranging from Sophocles to John Grisham--and film adaptations of the pieces we read, we will examine our personal, cultural, and moral responses to this significant topic.

Instructor bio:

Rebecca Chalmers has spent her adult life on the study of literature. A Ph.D. in English (with concentrations in American literature, film studies, and critical theory) led her to a rich and rewarding academic career, the last thirteen years of which were spent with the English program at the University of Mary in Bismarck, and in regular work with the Humanities North Dakota. Currently, she resides on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where she works as an independent scholar, with occasional university classes, and in freelance editing and writing, all while she continues to pen her own poetry and short stories.

Humanities North Dakota classes and events are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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