Atticus Finch isn't a hero? That's what many people are now saying. After more than 40 years of steady praise, Harper Lee's hero has fallen on hard times. A new generation of readers is bringing To Kill a Mockingbird before the bar of judgement, and we are now being warned against praising the novel and holding up Atticus as a model of courage and progressive morality. Instead, the great defense lawyer is himself on trial and, while the verdict is still out, things are not looking good. This presentation will explain why the song of the mockingbird has never sounded so unsweet...and ask whether Atticus can survive the case against him.