Chicago Tribune Blog: What is Murder? Asks Amherst Professor Sarat
Chicago Tribune, April 10
"What is murder? It’s the first question asked of students on the first day of “Murder,” an extremely popular course at Amherst College in which political scientist Austin Sarat explores moral and legal reasoning through the prism of our most dastardly crime. According to the admissions officer who spoke to 300 parents and high school juniors gathered in Amherst’s chapel, Sarat then picks apart and tosses away every pat answer the students offer. Sarat’s purpose, like the purpose of all good educators, is to challenge assumptions, to force students to look beyond the complacent and superficial understandings they carry with them."