Transparency and Conspiracy

April 9th, 2012
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Post your comments here about the edited volume by West and Sanders.

See also the two reviews:

Heather: Book Review, Transparency and Conspiracy

Christine: Barnes — Final Book Review

Research Paper Presentation Schedule

March 28th, 2012
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Here is the schedule for class presentations of final papers:

April 17:

1. Lee

2. Nicole

3. David

4. Dylan

 

April 19:

1. Charlotte

2. Eugene

3. Daniel

4. Anna

 

April 24:

1. Jim

2. Amanda

3. Christine

4. Heather

Matthew Gray — Conspiracy Theories in the Arab World

March 25th, 2012
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Post your comments here about Gray’s book.

Jim’s review: Book Review of Matthew Gray

Lee’s review: Siegrist_Gray Book Review

 

Don DeLillo — Libra

March 19th, 2012
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Post your comments here about Don DeLillo’s book Libra.

And read the book reviews below:

Nicole: DeLillo Review NS

Anna: HIST 457 Book Review

Eugene: E_Hamrick_ Libra Book Review

Mark Lombardi

February 26th, 2012
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Post your comments here about the conspiratorial art of Mark Lombardi.

Gerry Bull, Space Research Corporation and Armscor of Pretoria, South Africa, c. 1972-80 (5th Version) – Mark Lombardi (1951-2000). Source: Museum of Modern Art, New York

Conspiracy Theories in Our Everyday Lives

February 8th, 2012
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You can post comments here about the conspiracy theories you hear about in our everyday lives. Be sure to include some analysis, especially insofar as our readings are concerned!

Here’s an observation I recently made while researching at the Library of Congress:

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Peter Knight — Conspiracy Culture

February 8th, 2012
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Read the book reviews of Peter Knight’s Conspiracy Culture here, and post your comments on the book.

Whatever these lines mean, they’re undoubtedly getting us closer to who really shot JFK.

Book reviews of Knight’s book:

Charlotte: Book Review 3

Amanda: Conspiracy Culture Book Review

Video about conspiracy theories related to JFK’s assassination:

Error Morris, “The Umbrella Man”

 

Pipes — Debunking Conspiracy Theories

January 31st, 2012
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Post your comments here on Daniel Pipes, Conspiracy: How the Paranoid Style Flourishes and Where It Comes From. Be sure to also read the book reviews below:

Daniel: Garcia — HIST457BookReview

David: book review

Dylan: HIST457bookreview

French Revolution

January 26th, 2012
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Post your comments here on the readings by Hofman and Tackett.

The Value of Conspiracy Theory — Ed White

January 24th, 2012
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Leave your comments here regarding White’s article.

Conspiracy Theories and the American Revolution

January 19th, 2012
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Our discussion now turns to Bernard Bailyn and Gordon Wood, and their interpretations of conspiracy theories in the American Revolution. Take note of the questions that Bailyn raises in his short essay on the topic. How does Wood critique Hofstadter’s analysis and what insights does he have about the relationship of conspiratorial thought to professional historical methodology?

“Washington Crossing the Delaware,” Emanuel Leutze (1851)

Richard Hofstadter — The Paranoid Style in American Politics (1964)

January 10th, 2012
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Richard Hofstadter is often credited by scholars for having shaped early scholarly interest in conspiracy theories or what he famously called the “paranoid style.” Leave your comments here on his groundbreaking essay, “The Paranoid Style in American Politics.”

Richard Hofstadter

 

 

Paper Topics

August 30th, 2009
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Here is a list of topics students have chosen to work on as we explore the alternative universe of conspiracy theories:

1. Aliens/Area 51 — Christine B.

2. Death of Princess Diana — Anna H.

3. Death of Marilyn Monroe — Heather T.

4. Assassinations of counter-cultural figures — Jim M.

5. Cover-up of Shakespeare’s true identity — Eugene H.

6. Conspiracy theories and video games — Daniel G.

7. Conspiracy theories about Catholic plots under Charles I (1630s-1640s) — Dylan

8. Conspiracy theories about KAL 007 — David

9. Cancer cure conspiracy theories — Nicole

10. AIDS conspiracy theories — Amanda

11. 9/11 conspiracy theories — Charlotte

12. Henry Ford’s conspiracy theories about Jews — Lee

 

Book Reviews

January 31st, 2012
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Here’s the list indicating who is reviewing which books this semester. Be sure to consult with your fellow reviewers to divide up the books for your class presentations.

Pipes, Conspiracy

* David, Daniel, Dylan

Knight, Conspiracy Culture

* Amanda, Charlotte

DeLillo, Libra

* Eugene, Anna, Nicole

Gray, Conspiracy Theories

* Jim, Lee

West and Sanders, Transparency and Conspiracy

* Christine, Heather


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