Famous and Infamous Trials of the 15th - 20th Centuries

Historical, Religious & Contemporary Perspectives Edited Series
Supported by a major grant from New York Council for the Humanities

Molloy College Institute for Interfaith Dialogue is proud to present a synopsis of trials from the 15th to 20th centuries that highlight testimony of heinous crimes against humanity and reflect conflicts that were theological, racial, and political in nature in various parts of the world. The essence of each trial is presented by a vibrant speaker who created the source material and narrative. Some are Molloy College faculty and others were chosen from legal and other academic fields. 

PART 1: HERESYPart 1: Heresy
Saint Joan of Arc (1431)
Martin Luther (1521)
Sir Thomas More (1535)
Inquisition: Politics or Religion? (15th-16th Centuries)

PART 2: DEVELOPMENT OF EVIDENCEPart 2: Development of Evidence
Salem Witchcraft (1692)
Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette (1792-1793)
Susan B. Anthony (1873)
Leo Frank (1913)

PART 3: SENSATIONAL TRIALSPart 3: Sensational Trials
John Scopes (1925)
Lindbergh and Hauptmann (1935)
Scottsboro Boys (1931-1937)
Nuremberg (1945-1949)
Adolf Eichmann (1961)

PART 4: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVESPart 4: Global Perspectives
Mahatma Gandhi (1942)
Sharia Law (Islamic Law)
Nelson Mandela (1962-1964)


The Institute recognizes with great sorrow that the presenters of the "Salem Witchcraft Trial" Erika Dobbelaar, LMSW; Advisory Board Member of the Molloy College Institute for Interfaith Dialogue and of "Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette Trial" Sister Patricia Morris, O.P., Ph.D.; former Dean of Academic Affairs, Molloy College passed away during the years of 2010 and 2011.

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