|The History of the Supreme Court-Part 2|
|Session||12 weeks 29-Jan|
This course will continue the Supreme Court's development from its founding to the present, focusing on the landmark cases that have reflected conflicts in America society. In this semester we will continue the half hour lectures by Peter Irons, Ph.D., J.D. (from the Great Courses Teaching Company) starting with Thurgood Marshall who, as N.A.A.C.P. Counsel (and later, Director of N.A.A.C.P) convinced the Supreme Court in 1967 to overturn the doctrine of "separate but equal" education (established by the court in 1896 (Plessy vs. Ferguson) in the famous case of Brown vs. The Board of Education of Topeka, KS, in 1967. Also, in 1967, President Lyndon Johnson appointed Marshall (the first black person) to the Supreme Court. We will conclude the lectures with a discussion of current cases now before the Supreme Court, focusing on the three most controversial ones (gerrymandering, cell phone privacy, and vendor discrimination of gay sex couples). New participants will be given written presentations of the 20 lectures covered in the first semester.
Coordinator: Gersh Rosenblum
Gersh is a retired Clinical Psychologist who has coordinated several A.L.L. courses in the past.