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Antisemitism in Modern Conspiracy Theories

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About the Spring Arts & Culture Festival Program: Antisemitism in Modern Conspiracy Theories

Day & Time: Monday, March 4, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Location: NWACC, White Auditorium
Sponsors: Northwest Arkansas Holocaust Awareness
Project Speaker: Dr. Ryan Michael Neville-Shepard
How do we make sense of conspiracy theories focused on control of societal institutions by Jewish elites in today's social media saturated and post-truth world? What role did these conspiracy theories play in the Holocaust and within Fascist movements in the Western world? What history do these conspiracies have within mass media? How do they gain salience within different aspects of the population? How do they build on past repertoires of symbols and myths? What are some of the major organizations and individual promoting these 2024 Spring Arts & Culture Festival Schedule—Updated February 16, 2024 conspiracies? How can we confront these conspiracies and speak truthfully to a world of anti-truth? Dr. Ryan Michael Neville-Shepard, Associate Professor of Communication and the Graduate Director for the MA program at the University of Arkansas, addresses these questions by translating the confounding and the confusing into a rational and scholarly framework. He helps us calmly weigh what is a stake with these conspiracy theories for what we hope to see within our marketplace of ideas, American politics, and truth.

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About the Speaker

About the Speaker

Dr. Ryan Michael Neville-Shepard (Ph.D., University of Kansas) is an Associate Professor of Communication and the Graduate Director for the MA program. His research falls in the areas of political communication, rhetorical criticism, and argumentation, and tends to focus on the communication of political outsiders. His work has been published in journals such as Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Argumentation and Advocacy, American Behavioral Scientist, Feminist Media Studies, Women’s Studies in Communication, Communication Quarterly, Communication Studies, Southern Communication Journal, and the Western Journal of Communication. His public commentary has also appeared in outlets like The Washington Post, Politico, TIME, USA Today, and The Conversation, and has been featured on local NPR stations across the country. Neville Shepard’s research has been recognized with the Eastern Communication Association Article of the Year Award, the Aubrey Fisher Outstanding Article Award from the Western States Communication Association, and he has been named the recipient of the Judith S. Trent Award for Early Career Excellence in Political Communication by the Central States Communication Association. For his teaching, he has received the Nolan Faculty Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentorship from the University of Arkansas, the Warren Mentorship Award from the Central States Communication Association, and the Outstanding Mentor in Master’s Education Award from the National Communication Association.