Author to explore conspiracy theories during Penn State Beaver talk

October 22, 2012

Author Barna William Donovan will give a discussion on conspiracy theories at noon Nov. 5, in the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building auditorium.

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 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 on MSNBC, CBS News, the BBC and LiveScience as well as in a variety of publications. Donovan holds a doctorate from Rutgers University School of Communication, Information and Library Studies and is a graduate of the film school at University of Miami.

The program is presented as part of a communications honors course taught by John Chapin, professor of communications at the 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 or 724-773-3877.

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Last Updated November 05, 2012