Tuesday, January 19, 2021 (All day) to Saturday, March 13, 2021 (All day)
We often speak of conspiracy theory as an ominous, metastasizing force in modern history, but what exactly does this term mean? This class defines the phenomenon, sets it apart from mere theorizing, and follows it through four distinct historical eras — from the Crusades to the present — showing how particular conspiracy theories reflect the history of their times. We’ll explore the social and psychological roots of this idea system, the sources of its power, and the underlying mythic structure common to all conspiracy theory.
Afghan American author Tamim Ansary writes about history and culture and what happens when civilizations overlap. His latest book, The Invention of Yesterday, looks at human history as the story of various world historical stories interacting and intertwining around the planet.
We will host two livestream Q&A classes with the faculty: Feb. 12, 9:30-10:30 AM (PT) and March 12, 9:30-10:30 AM (PT). Links for these sessions will be accessible in the "My Schedule" section of your Member Dashboard.
This "Encore" course is PRE-RECORDED with the exception of the two livestream Q&A classes. YouTube video links will be posted in "Course Materials" on Jan. 19 and available to view until March 20.