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Author Talk: “Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s ‘War of the Worlds’ and the Art of Fake News”

October 18, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A. Brad Schwartz speaks on his book “Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s ‘War of the Worlds’ and the Art of Fake News.” Schwartz, also a Princeton University doctoral student, explores what Orson Welles’ 1938 “War of the Worlds” broadcast can teach us about the “fake news” that threatens our democracy today. Eighty years ago, Welles’s infamous “panic broadcast” made West Windsor’s Grovers Mill ground zero for an imaginary Martian invasion, as well as the center of a supposedly nationwide hysteria. But as Schwartz described in his acclaimed book, listener letters written by New Jerseyans and others challenge the very existence of that panic, while offering a dire warning to our own social media age.


The War of the Worlds series includes multiple programs marking the 80th anniversary of the broadcast. Additional events include:

10/4 Film Screening: “War of the Worlds”

10/10 Raconteur Radio: “War of the Worlds”

10/18 Author Talk: “Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s ‘War of the Worlds’ and the Art of Fake News”

10/23 Open Archive: “War of the Worlds” Fan (and Hate) Mail

10/28 Concert: War of the Worlds.80

 

 

Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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October 18, 2018
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7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Community Room – First Floor
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
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Phone:
609-924-9529