The Promiscuity of Facts

Barack Obama and Uncertain Knowledge

Friday, October 21, 2011 - 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Lecture at the GHI - Directions
Speaker: Gary Alan Fine (Northwestern University)

Gary Alan Fine is John Evans Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University and is a leading scholar on the history and sociology of rumor. He is the co-author of The Global Grapevine: Why Rumors of Terrorism, Immigration and Trade Matter and the co-author of Whispers on the Color Line: Rumor and Race in America. His talk, "The Promiscuity of Facts: Barack Obama and Uncertain Knowledge," examines various rumored claims about the President - false, uncertain, and possibly true - and describes the multiple forms that uncertain knowledge can take in a contentious, conflicted, and partisan environment.

This keynote lecture is part of the conference "Uncertain Knowledge: Practices, Media and Agents of (Non-)Affirmation in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American History" held at the GHI October 21 - 22, 2011.

Please RSVP (acceptance only) by October 14, 2011. Tel: 202.387.3355 - Fax: 202.387.6437 - E-mail

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