Seeing Through Conspiracy Theories: How Art Can Be Used to Influence Thinking

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Fake news is not a new problem. You will explore how conspiracy theories work and how to recognize them in visuals and media. Visual material plays a special role in the reinforcement of conspiracy theories. From the Egyptian pyramids to the birth of modern art in the twentieth century, students will focus on ways that an evidence-based account of the making of an artwork or architectural site can been replaced by a (usually more interesting) story about its "true, hidden nature," which usually leads to revealing the conspiracy.

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All ALP students should plan to bring a personal laptop or tablet for use in class and during evening sessions.

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Application deadlines

Application opens: Nov. 29, 2022
Deadline: May 1, 2023

Tuition deadlines

The first half of tuition is due by May 15, 2023. The second half of tuition is due by June 1, 2023.

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