Propaganda Everywhere: Teaching Propaganda Across the Disciplines

Explore and reflect on how college and university faculty engage in teaching about propaganda with a diverse group of faculty experts

DATE: Tuesday, October 27

TIME: 12 pm - 1 pm EST/ 9 AM PST


In this dialogue, we reflect on the following questions:

1. What do you love most about teaching propaganda? What is the biggest challenge you face?

2. How do you organize your course? Why have you organized it this way?

3. What is 1 assignment that you find most valuable for your students?

As part of the meeting, we will use small group breakout rooms to discuss and share ideas. We will learn how disciplinary paradigms influence teaching and learning about this important topic and examine some of the many instructional strategies that educators use to engage and challenge learners. 



Anthony Nadler is an associate professor of Media and Communication Studies at Ursinus College and fellow at Columbia University's Tow Center for Digital Journalism.  He is the author of Making the News Popular (University of Illinois Press, 2016) and co-editor with AJ Bauer of News on the Right: Studying Conservative News Cultures (Oxford University Press, 2019). His research focuses on conservative media cultures, media and populism, and debates surrounding targeted advertising and civic culture in a digital media landscape.

G. Thomas Goodnight is a Professor at the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.  Propaganda is defined as an assembly of techniques that change over time to suite the interests of the state and market.  An ancient art, carved in the stele of imperial conquest, propaganda is a janus faced endeavor facing toward domestic audiences as well territories, allies, neutrals, and enemies abroad.  Goodnight deploys a rhetorical approach derived from Aristotle's politics concerning the strategic options of the hegemon.  Goodnight admires the Scandinavian and Balkan states for their education on propaganda.