R312 Summer 2018 The Dreyfus Affair
Tuesdays, 11:50–1:15, July 17-July 24
Instructor: Ben Gold
The Dreyfus Affair (1894-1906) was a political scandal involving French army captain Alfred Dreyfus, who was convicted of treason for selling military secrets. The accusations and trial split France, with one camp believing that Dreyfus, who was Jewish, had been wrongly convicted. The case had elements of anti-Semitism, advanced by the press and public opinion. It remains a study of a miscarriage of justice when national security is at stake.
Ben Gold has been an instructor at OLLI for over ten years. He holds a BA in political science from Stanford University and earned an MS in computer science from the Navy Postgraduate School. He has been serving as a docent at the Supreme Court for the past 15 years.