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Public invited to meet author writing about conspiracy theories

10/8/2012 —

The public is invited to meet author Barna William Donovan, noon, Monday, Nov. 5, in the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building auditorium. Donovan is the author of “Conspiracy Films: A Tour of Dark Places in the American Conscious.” He will show film clips and discuss conspiracy theory in television shows and the movies.

Donovan’s other books cover film and fandom and include "The Asian Influence on Hollywood Action Films” and "Blood, Guns, and Testosterone: Action Films, Audiences, and a Thirst for Violence.” His commentaries on conspiracy theories have been quoted frequently by the media, including the MSNBC, CBS News, the BBC, and LiveScience as well as in a variety of publications. Donovan holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies and is a graduate of the film school at the University of Miami.

The program is presented as part of a communications honors course taught by John Chapin, professor of communications at Beaver campus. The course, “Introduction to Media Effects,” examines individuals' selection, uses, and perceptions of media as well as media’s effects on attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.

For more information, contact Chapin at jrc11@psu.edu or 724-773-3877.

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