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1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Benson Auditorium is in Avery Hall facing the Mounds in the center of campus.

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September 2017

MCSI Lecture: Governing by Crisis: How Toxic Truths Subvert Mainstream Investigation

September 26 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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MCSI Fall 2017 Lecture Series

Lee Basham Professor of Philosophy, South Texas College We live in an information hierarchy where a few control what most believe about important events and the causes of these. The basic institutions of this hierarchy are mainstream media and national law enforcement. Conspiracy theorists often accuse both of covering up extreme government crimes and deceptions; a shadow government controls what they tell us and more importantly, what they don’t. The typical response to this allegation is that these institutions are…

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October 2017

MCSI Lecture: Conspiracy Theories are for Losers

October 10 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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MCSI Fall 2017 Lecture Series

Joseph Uscinski Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Miami Professor Uscinski will highlight his analysis of more than a hundred years of data taken from newspapers, surveys, and the internet. The surprising findings address the following questions: Who believes in conspiracy theories and why? Why are some conspiracy theories more popular than others? What are the dangers of conspiracy theories? Are conspiracy theorists prone to violence? How did conspiracy theories affect the 2016 presidential election and how will they…

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MCSI Lecture: Fascists, Communists, and the Masons: Conspiracy Theorizing in the New World Order

October 24 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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MCSI Fall 2017 Lecture Series

Lilith Mahmud Associate Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies, School of Humanities & Associate Professor of Anthropology, School of Social Sciences, UC Irvine Lilith Mahmud is a feminist anthropologist whose research has focused on elites, secrecy, power, gender, and the Right. She is author of The Brotherhood of Freemason Sisters: Gender, Secrecy, and Fraternity in Italian Masonic Lodges (U of Chicago Press, 2014), which won the William A. Douglass Prize in Europeanist Anthropology from the Society for the Anthropology of Europe.

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November 2017

MCSI Lecture: What’s Love Got to Do with It?: Race, Conspiracy Theories, and Contemporary Hip-Hop Culture

November 7 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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MCSI Fall 2017 Lecture Series

Atherton Lecture John L. Jackson, Jr. Richard Perry University Professor, Dean, School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), University of Pennsylvania This talk will try to invoke the very logic of conspiratorial thinking to map out some of hip-hop culture’s fascination with conspiracy theories linked to world global domination and racial hatred. It draws from current hip-hop artists and classic anthropological theory to lay out some of this pop-cultural terrain. The lecture will also make a related argument about the…

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MCSI Lecture: If Everyone is a Conspiracy Theorist, is Anyone?: Trumpism, Mutually Assured Disqualification, and Communications Warfare

November 14 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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MCSI Fall 2017 Lecture Series

Jack Bratich Associate Professor of Journalism & Media Studies, School of Communication & Media, Rutgers University Jack Bratich is author of Conspiracy Panics: Political Rationality and Popular Culture, as well as co-editor of Foucault, Cultural Studies, and Governmentality, (with Cameron McCarthy and Jeremy Packer, 2003). He takes a critical approach to the intersection of popular culture and political culture and studies media culture as an intersection of power, knowledge, and subjectivity.

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MCSI Lecture: Investigating Conspiracy Theories: The case for treating conspiracy theories seriously, even the (apparently) ridiculous ones

November 28 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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MCSI Fall 2017 Lecture Series

Matthew R.X. Dentith Post-doctoral fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities University of Bucharest Matthew Dentith is  author of Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories, Co-host and producer of the Podcaster’s Guide to the Conspiracy Podcast. Dentith has published numerous papers in such venues as Social Epistemology, Episteme, Skeptic,and The Fortean Times.

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