These public lectures and discussions of two texts address the complexities of crime and the criminal justice system. Whether it's debating the myths that pervade our cultural understanding of crime, or reading the stories of those wrongly accused and imprisoned for committing horrific offenses, Dr. Chad Litton will present the context, significance, and meaning of each book and draw in the audience to consider the profound questions that each raises about what it means to be human.

You don't need to attend all the classes. Come to all of them or join us for one that really intrigues you. Reading the book prior to the class is not required, although we encourage you to check out a copy. ​The Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library has copies of each book available.

May 22: Criminal Introduction - Myth 4

June 26: Criminal Myth 5 - Myth 11

July 24: Just Mercy Introduction - Chapter 8

August 28: Just Mercy Chapter 9 - Chapter 16

September 25: Response to the GameChanger ideas festival

October 23: Criminal Conclusion & Just Mercy Epilogue and Postscript

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  • Starting Monday, May 22nd, 2017, repeated every month on the 4th Monday until Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm