Return to court with Ms. Phillips as she investigates Susan Glaspell’s outstanding 1917 short story “A Jury of Her Peers.” Based on an actual murder in 1901 on an Iowa farm, this tale of spousal homicide raises issues both historical and contemporary about how women are viewed and judged in criminal cases. Ms. Philips will focus on how we determine if violence is “justifiable” in self-defense, and in the present age of the Me Too Movement, how juries view women defendants. Indeed, she’ll even explore how women view women in such cases. So it’s time again to dust off your gavel and search for order and justice in another searing intersection of law and literature.
This lecture will take place at Lake Park, 1850 Alice Street, Oakland, CA 94612.