So this semester I’m running a seminar class, for the people who have taken my forensics class. This will be more forensic history. Clevelanders are very odd, in that they, more than most people, remember landmarks by tragedies. So, if you say “Sam Sheppard’s hospital”, a true Clevelander will know exactly where it is–even though now it’s condos and hasn’t been a hospital for at least four decades. “Danny Greene’s dentist’s office” where he was blown up, is the corner of Cedar and Brainard. Danny Greene was blown up by a bomb in the late 70’s.
We’re going to be looking at Cleveland and other forensic cases, and looking for ones that have historical significance. The Rosenbergs–a whole lot of ink has been spilled on the Rosenbergs. Garrett Morgan–a man who has a school and a water treatment plant named after him, but not a lot of Clevelanders know about him, let alone anyone from elsewhere.
I’m going to have them read John Stark Bellamy’s books on Cleveland Crime. They’re going to read George Condon’s book on Cleveland History. They’re going to read John Stilgoe’s Outside Lies Magic, and we’ll discuss it. Then, they’re going to choose a couple of interesting cases, they will research them, and they’re going to present them. They’ll present them in two ways.
One, they’ll be guest blogging on this blog. There are only three of them, and it will be interesting. The posts should be interersting yet concise. Under 750 words. Feel free to ask them questions, but, please be nice to these guys. They will also give a PowerPoint presentation to their peers at the end of the semester. I’ll supply the pizza.
I’m not really sure how it will go. At least I’ve got three engaged and intelligent students. We’ll see where this leads us.