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ERIC Number: ED465666
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1531-2461
The Trials of Culture--Law, Conflict, and Change.
Bliss, Pam, Ed.; Kaplan, Howard, Ed.
Insights on Law & Society, v2 n2 Win 2002
This magazine aims to help high school teachers of civics, government, history, and law and law-related education program developers educate students about legal issues. This volume focuses on culture, law, conflict, and change. The first article, "Trying Beliefs: The Law of Cultural Orthodoxy and Dissent" (J. H. Landman), demonstrates how U.S. guarantees of religious expression and limits on political speech reflect England's legal legacy. "Slap Leather! Legal Culture, Wild Bill Hickok, and the Gunslinger Myth" (S. Lubet) uses an example from the Wild West to explore how the culture of the times can influence what happens in the courtroom. "Culture on Trial: Censorship Trials and Free Expression" (M. Heins) explains how censorship trials have tried to define what people may see and say. In "Perspectives," there are three articles: "Lawyers in Space: Teaching about Law with Science Fiction Materials" (P. R. Joseph); "Lawyers and Courtroom Trials on Prime-Time Television" (D. R. Papke); and "Tuning in to the Courtroom: A Brief History of Television and Criminal Trials" (M. S. Trossman). To help students learn how to participate in and influence public debates on the complex relationship between culture and the courts, "Students in Action" offers the following: "When Guilt or Innocence Depends on the Era" (S. Lubet); "Changing Times Changing Censorship" (W. Routier); and "TV in the Courtroom" (G. Mertz). "Learning Gateways" introduces students to English and U.S. laws, policies, and court actions designed to accommodate and sometimes suppress cultural and political outlooks. The "Supreme Court Roundup" (C. F. Williams) discusses recent cases involving student-graded classroom work, school urinalysis drug testing, and a permit requirement for door-to-door activist advocates. "News from Capitol Hill" (A. S. Heinz) offers a look at the opening of a legislative session dominated by debate over the War on Terrorism, homeland security, and the economy. "Teaching with the News" (J. H. Landman) looks at the devastation wrought by the destruction of historical monuments and the mounting support for international authority over such crimes against culture. "Media Specialist's Corner" (J. Kittlaus) offers students online primary documents related to cultural influences on law and the courts and lists books for librarians to enhance collections on the topic. (BT)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Bar Association, Chicago, IL. Public Education Div.