FYS-134 Psst! Secret Clubs, Clandestine Societies, and Conspiracy Theories

Instructor: Assistant Professor Henning Wrage
Department: German

Course Description:
This seminar is an investigation of myth and reality of secret societies from the “Underground Railroad” to the Freemasons, the “Black Hand,” “Skull and Bones” and the “Men in Black.” Have secret social networks really tried to influence the world? What role do they play in history and politics? What is a conspiracy theory? Who claims that the moon landings were a hoax and why? And what do “alternative facts” have to do with all this?