Conspiracies Everywhere: Seminar Programs
An online discussion of American conspiracy theories by Luke Ritter’s HIST 4350 Class.
Zoom Link: https://nmhu.zoom.us/j/99579902652?pwd=WEpoYnFBQ3Jrb2lTWHdERjRuanE2UT09
Wednesday December 8th, 2021 Meeting ID: 9995 7990 2652 Passcode: history
4:00 – 4:15 Crazed for Land
By: Yvette Lyautey
Did a powerful cabal use the 1692 Salem witch craze as a cover for a giant land grab? Yvette examines the role of preexisting property disputes in the infamous Salem witch trials.
4:15- 4:30 The Politics of Exclusion
By: Elizabeth Jahangiri
The Know Nothing Party of the 1850s claimed that the pope directed his German and Irish Catholic minions to sabotage U.S. institutions in preparation for a Roman Catholic takeover of America. Elizabeth analyzes the anti-Catholic nature of the early political nativist movement.
4:30 – 4:45 The Secret Behind UFOS
By: Tomas Salas
Do secret U.S. military aircraft account for all twentieth-century UFO sightings? Tomas dives into the theory that the U.S. government is hiding the truth about UFOs.
4:45 – 5:00 Ford’s Dark Side
By: Stephen Beauchamp
Henry Ford pioneered the auto industry, carving his name into millions of vehicles. But the beloved car maker hid a dark secret of personal hatred towards Jewish people by controlling and vilifying them. Stephen will cover the anti-Semitic theories of Henry Ford.
5:00 – 5:15 Vaxxed in America
By: Augusta Skoog
In an age of misinformation regarding the effects of vaccines, Augusta closely examines the conspiracy theory that the MMR vaccine causes autism and other related injuries in children.
5:15 – 5:30 The Kennedy Curse
By: Julius Mcdade
Julius traces the auspicious careers of three Kennedy family members who might have been tied to a larger conspiracy that culminated in John Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.
5:30 – 5:45 Millions of Years of Extraterrestrials
By: Taj Savariau
According to historians, for centuries there have been theories and sightings of extraterrestrial life. Taj will explain the historical factors that gave rise to the ancient alien craze of the 1970s and 1980s.
5:45 – 6:00 JFK: Unsolved
By: Jude Trujillo
Americans were shocked at Lee Harvey Oswald’s assassination of their beloved president John F. Kennedy. Did Oswald have help? Jude considers the conspiracy theory that high-ranking individuals within the U.S. government orchestrated Kennedy’s assassination.
6:00 – 6:15 The All-Seeing Eye
By: Christopher Reece
Have you ever wondered what the eye within a pyramid on the U.S. dollar bill means? Many suggest that a group called the Freemasons placed this symbol on the dollar bill to represent God always watching. Christopher plans to look at the Freemasons and their influence in America.