By Michelle Eickmeyer
A look at a current news item through the lens of different titles available on GVRL.
March 21, 2014 – The Oscar Pistorius Trial
Whether you knew him as the first athlete to compete in the Olympics with prosthesis (it’s impossible to call him disabled) or for his current trial for the shooting death of his former girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius has spent much time in the international spotlight. The highest of high and lowest of lows. At just 27 he has accomplished much, and as his trial moves forward it remains to be seen what the future holds for him.
Here are five titles which look at the Oscar Pistorius trial from different perspectives:
Explore the long history of violence and “us v them” in this far away and unfamiliar country. As part of the Greenhaven series, Genocide and Persecution, South Africa covers a range topics including genocide, apartheid, and self-preservation.
“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” — Constitution of the United States
Guns, their use and people’s right to own them has been contested as long as guns have been manufactured. So much a part of the American fabric that two of the amendments in the Bill of Rights are to do with gun ownership. But what do you do when people go too far? What regulations punish the bad without infringing on the good? The long debate continues.
Born without fibula, Oscar Pistorius had surgery to remove both of his legs below the knee before his first birthday. In 2012, he became the first amputee to compete in the Olympic games. According to the Hanger Inc, more than 1.7 million Americans have some sort of limb loss from multiple factors including genetics, accidents, illness, war and others. Disability Services explores the science, technology and topics essential to aiding and advancing those with limb loss allowing them to thrive and not just get by.
From Socrates to Saddam Hussein, high profile trials can be found throughout the history of the world. Famous Trial in History provides a summary of arguments and the verdict, while looking at key issues and addressing the significance of the case.
What do you know about South Africa? OK, cross Nelson Mandela, apartheid, Charlize Theron, Oscar Pistorius, and the vuvuzela off the list… How much do you really know about South Africa? This exciting overview provides all the information to plan a real or imaginary trip to this fascinating country.
Michelle is an “anytime!” traveler and language enthusiast. She has degrees in talking from Central Michigan and Michigan State University. She is currently becoming a runner and used to play golf in high school.