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[ONLINE] “The Dred Scott Case: The Anatomy of a Legal Catastrophe” – seminar by Prof. John Matteson

05.10.2021 - 13:47, update 05.10.2021 - 23:45
Editors: AJS
Tags: Metropolitalny Fundusz Wspierania Nauki, Metropolitan Science Support Fund

The University of Silesia in Katowice, Metropolis GZM and Silesian Library encourage to participate in seminars for students and open lectures conducted by Prof. John Matteson from the City University of New York (CUNY), a Pulitzer Prize winner.

“The Dred Scott Case: The Anatomy of a Legal Catastrophe”


This lecture is an extremely interesting case study. Prof. Matteson presents the secrets of the disgraceful trial of Dred Scott, an American slave who fought in courts to be recognised as a free man for a whole decade. The trial that Scott ultimately lost exposed the weakness of the U.S. legal system, under which the Constitution prohibited to deprive citizens of their possessions, regarding slavery as a form of ownership. The ruling prompted a wave of criticism from the Republicans. Dred Scott’s struggle was a vital contribution to the ultimate abolition of slavery.

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The seminars (in English) are mainly addressed to students and doctoral students of language studies, history, culture studies and law. The seminars will be conducted remotely on the Zoom platform of the University of Silesia in Katowice. Participation in meeting does not require prior registration.

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The project entitled „Metropolis for Metropolis, or the New York Pulitzer Prize winner for Silesia and Zagłębie has been co-funded by Metropolis GZM under Metropolitan Science and Assistance Support Fund for 2019–2022. The funding amount was PLN 154,541.

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