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Monday Scholars:

Moral Leadership for a Divided Age:
Fourteen People Who Dared
to Change Our World

A Book Discussion Series
by Reverend Paul D. Sinnott

Mondays 1:00 - 2:00 PM
January 20 through March 9*
*No Meeting  February 17

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Moral Leadership for a Divided Age explores the lives of fourteen great moral leaders and the wisdom they offer us today. Through skillful storytelling and honest appraisals of their legacies, we encounter exemplary human beings who are flawed in some ways, gifted in others.

In this book discussion series, the group will discuss two leaders each week, using the questions the authors provide at the end of each chapter. The first session will explore the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and, as our series begins on Martin Luther King, Jr. day, the life of that extraordinary leader as well. The Reverend Paul D. Sinnott will lead us as moderator. 
There will be copies of the book available at OWL in the weeks leading up to the discussion series. Check out your copy and come to the first meeting ready to discuss the chapters on Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Reverand Paul D. Sinnott serves the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as Associate to the Bishop. In addition to providing ecclesial oversight for 71 congregations, Paul is the voice for public policy for the Synod in six State Houses. He is a guest lecturer at Yale Divinity School in the Lutheran Studies program and has worked guiding pilgrims on tours of Israel and Palestine. 

Registration is Required. *No Meeting February 17



The Great Trials of the World
& the Lessons They Teach Us

Mondays 12:30 - 2:00 PM
March 23 through April 27

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Monday Scholars is a weekly series that combines the best of online learning with classroom discussion. Each week we will watch together two video lectures and then discuss them as a group. All you need to do is come ready to engage your mind and participate. Join Library Assistant Sheila Klapper as she facilitates this discussion.

About the course:
There are trials that don’t simply end with their verdict, but have apower that reverberates throughout history. In this course, we willexplore twelve “Great Trials” and discuss how they have shaped and
transformed our social, political and legal traditions. We will begin with the Salem Witch Trials and the Boston Massacre Trails and conclude with the Mississippi Burning Trials and the Chicago 8 Trial. We will also look at the Aaron Burr Conspiracy Trial, Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy Trial, the Amistad and Dakota Trials, Scopes Monkey Trial, Oscar Wilde Trial, Nuremburg Trials and the Alger Hiss Trial. The video lectures will be taught by Professor Douglas Linder, J.D.

About the professor:
Douglas O. Linder is Professor of Law at the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law. He graduated summa cum laude from Gustavus Adolphus College and from Stanford Law School. He has published extensively in legal journals and books on such topics as great trials, legal history, constitutional law, and the legal profession.

Registration is Required.

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