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Biweekly, Thursday  10-12, Week 2
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Propaganda has existed as far back as reliable recorded evidence exists. Now thought of as a nefarious thing; prior to WWI it was an accepted way to shape ideas.

Through presentations and lively discussion, we will explore:

  • the definition of propaganda
  • techniques like radio, film, speeches, print/posters, music and iconography
  • the role that propaganda has played in areas like war; science and health; religion; politics; advertising; and journalism
  • current issues in the era of social media and “fake news”
  • great propagandists like Hitler, Julius Caesar, Michael Moore, Stalin, and Tokyo Rose

Each workshop member will be required to give a 20-minute presentation. There won’t be a required reading list, but we will develop a detailed bibliography for further exploration.


Cathy Spark ( A marketing, strategic communication and change management practitioner, Cathy is passionately curious about all things social history. She likes nothing better than sharing that excitement by exploring and exchanging ideas with others.

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