Calendar of Events
Week 1 (12 Jan)
M Introduction to WRTG1150

W Discussing Conspiracy Theory--What is it?

F Introduction to the idea of Rhetoric--What is it? Why do we need it?
Handout: Summary Assignment

Week 2 (19 Jan)
M No Class--Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

W Lesson in Rhetoric: The Communication Triangle
Reading: "Introduction: The Rise of the Modern Conspiracy Theory Movement" by Gerry Rough
<http://www.floodlight.org/democracy/rise.html> and "UC Writing Handouts: Paraphrase and Summary" <http://www.utoronto.ca/ucwriting/paraphrase.html>
Due: Summary Assignment

F Discussing Active/Critical Reading
Reading:
"Conspiracy Thinking and Conspiracy Studying" <http://www.wkac.ac.uk/ccc/content/essay1.htm> and Critical Reading Website
<
http://writing.colostate.edu/references/reading/critread/index.cfm>
Handout: Response Essay Assignment

Week 3 (26 Jan)
M
Reading: "Mythinformation" by Langdon Winner <http://www.eco-action.org/dt/mythin.html> and "25 Questions and Answers about the Atomic Bomb"
<http://www.mit.edu/people/dpolicar/writing/netsam/revisionist_history.html>

W
Lesson in Rhetoric: The Rhetorical Situation: Persona and Audience
Readings: "Skeptic Manifesto" <http://www.ravenndragon.net/colorado/1150/skeptic.html> and "Introduction: Audience" <http://writing.colostate.edu/references/processes/audmod/index.cfm>
In-class: Analysis/Discussion in groups (What are the rhetorical elements in these pieces?  Consider persona, audience, and context. How does each piece work as persuasive writing? What equivalent contemporary rhetorical pieces can you find in the news media today?)

F Discussing Reading for Research

Reading: "Taking Notes from Research Reading" <http://www.utoronto.ca/writing/notes.html> and "History Isn't Always a Cock-Up" <http://www.findarticles.com/cf_dls/m0FQP/4454_128/57476020/print.jhtml>

Week 4 (2 Feb)
M
For Class: Bring in a copy of an article that talks about Conspiracy Theory in current events
Due: Response Essay Assignment

W
Reading: "Conspiracy Theory as Naive Deconstructive History" <http://newdemocracyworld.org/conspiracy.htm>

F
Reading: "Conspiracies So Vast" <http://www.ravenndragon.net/colorado/1150/mcmahon.html> and
"Killing No Murder: Alan Marshall Recounts the Tale of the Men Who Tried to Assasinate Oliver Cromwell" <http://www.findarticles.com/cf_dls/m1373/2_53/97253207/print.jhtml>

Week 5 (9 Feb)
Overall Articles and Information on JFK Assassination:
The Warren Commission: <http://www.archives.gov/research_room/jfk/warren_commission/warren_commission_report.html>
Warren Commission Interview and Session Transcripts: <http://www.history-matters.com/archive/jfk/wc/wcexec/contents.htm>
Eyewitness Statements: <http://www.jfk-online.com/eyewitnesses.html>
Reports and Documents: <http://www.jfk-online.com/jfkdocs.html>
History Matters: <http://www.history-matters.com/index.htm>

M
Reading:
"An Introduction to JFK Conspiracy Theories" <http://www.ibiblio.org/stayfree/4/jfk.htm>
"Oswald Shoots JFK but Who is the Real Target?" <http://www.findarticles.com/cf_dls/m1373/10_49/56459770/print.jhtml>


W
Reading: "The Context: the Warren Commission" <http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/context2.htm> and "JFK 100--100 Facts and Errors in the Oliver Stone Film" <http://www.jfk-online.com/jfk100menu.html>

F
Reading: "After 30 Years: Making Sense of the Assassination" <http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/holland.htm> and "In Defense of Jack Ruby" <http://www.jfk-online.com/rubydef.html>
Due: Library Tutorial Worksheets
Handout: Critquing a Theory Assignment


Week 6 (16 Feb)
M--Library Tutor Day

W
Reading: Start Reading "The Enemy Within" by Gore Vidal <http://www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/EnemyWithin.html> and "Protocols of Elder Named Gore Vidal: Wacko 9/11 Piece"
<http://www.findarticles.com/cf_dls/m0ICQ/2002_Nov_11/94386518/print.jhtml>


F
Reading: Continue Reading
"The Enemy Within" by Gore Vidal <http://www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/EnemyWithin.html> and "Protocols of Elder Named Gore Vidal: Wacko 9/11 Piece" <http://www.findarticles.com/cf_dls/m0ICQ/2002_Nov_11/94386518/print.jhtml>
Handout: Information Synthesis Assignment

Week 7 (23 Feb) Discussing Visual Rhetoric
Discussion: Can images be arguments? Why do you think so? Why do you think not?

M
Reading:
Discuss/Rhetorical Analysis of Visual Literacy Thread
<
http://www-libraries.colorado.edu/ref/pwr/visual.htm> Article 3
Due: Critiquing a Theory Assignment

W
Reading:
Discuss/Rhetorical Analysis of Visual Literacy Thread <http://www-libraries.colorado.edu/ref/pwr/visual.htm> Article 4
For Class: Bring in a visual from an online source and think about possible connections between visual arguments and conspiracy theory

F Discussing Visual Rhetoric in the News
Reading:
Discuss/Rhetorical Analysis of Visual Literacy Thread
<
http://www-libraries.colorado.edu/ref/pwr/visual.htm> Article 5

For Class: Bring in a visual from
Print Media/Magazines and think about possible connnections between the visual arguments and conspiracy theory

Week 8 (1 Mar)
M
Reading:
"Cardinal Richelieu: Hero or Villan" <http://www.findarticles.com/cf_dls/m1373/3_53/98754843/print.jhtml>

W
Reading: "The Fourth Assasination" <http://www.uea.ac.uk/~j097/LHOPAPER02.htm> and "Max Holland Rescues the Warren Commission and the Nation" <http://www.webcom.com/~ctka/pr900-holland.html>

F
Reading:
"Welcome to the Planet Earth" <http://www.findarticles.com/cf_dls/m2379/3_40/62402412/print.jhtml> and "Full Contact Politics" by David Horowitz <http://www.findarticles.com/cf_dls/m2185/3_11/61402624/print.jhtml>
Handout: Conspiracy Theory Argument
Week 9 (8 Mar)
M
Reading:
Reading: "Critical Thinking about Conspiracy Theories" <http://www.uea.ac.uk/~j097/CONSP01.htm>
Due: Information Synthesis Draft

W
Reading:
"The Hunt for Jack the Ripper" <http://www.findarticles.com/cf_dls/m1373/5_50/62087847/print.jhtml> and "Good Words for Good Writing" <http://www.ravenndragon.net/colorado/1150/writing.pdf>
For Class: Rough Draft Workshop

F
Reading:
"The King Assasination: After 3 Decades, Another Verdict" <http://www.findarticles.com/cf_dls/m1058/9_117/61026154/print.jhtml>
Due: Revised Information Synthesis Assignment

Week 1
0 (15 Mar) Conferences--Information Synthesis
M Watching the X-Files
X-Files Timeline <http://www.themareks.com/xf/conspiracy.shtml>

Reading: "We All Love the X-files--But Why?" <http://www.ravenndragon.net/colorado/1150/xfiles3.pdf> and "This Is Not Your Father's FBI: the X-Files and the Deligitimazation of the Nation State" <http://www.ravenndragon.net/colorado/1150/xfiles2.pdf>


W
Reading: The section on Revision in the Lunsford textbook and
"Cracking the Conspiracy: Making Sense of the X-files Mythology Arc" <http://www.mediacircus.net/conspiracy.html> and
"Media Effects" <http://www.findarticles.com/cf_dls/m1070/n4_v51/20995385/print.jhtml>
Begin the Area 51 portion of the Ezine Assignment


F
Michael Barkun interview on Washington Journal--Don't forget that you need to have the free version of RealOne Player
Available at <http://www.cspan.org> and
<http://switchboard.real.com/player/email.html?PV=6.0.12&link=rtsp%3A%2F%2Fvideo.c%2Dspan.org%2F15days%2Fwj031204%5Fmichael.rm%3Fmode%3Dcompact>

Reading: "Working in Groups" <http://writing.colostate.edu/references/processes/group/index.cfm> and "The Edge of Chaos: Structural Conspiracy and Epistemology in the X-Files" <http://www.findarticles.com/cf_dls/m0412/4_26/54422425/print.jhtml>

Week 11 (22 Mar)

Spring Break

Week 12 (29 Mar)
M
Reading: "Believe It or Not" <http://www.tabula-rasa.info/Horror/X-Files.html> and "Don't Give Up on the X-Files" <http://www.space.com/opinionscolumns/opinions/barnes_000523.html>
Audience Analysis Discussion Questions:

1. Who is your intended audience?
2. What is your audience's occupation, profession, or field?
3. What is your audience's needs for or interest in the information you plan to include in this project?
4. How will your audience use the information included in this project?
5. What does your audience know and not know about your topic?
6. What are their limitations in relation to this project?

W
Working with Fallacies
Reading: "(Dis)solving the Kennedy Assasination" <http://www.uea.ac.uk/~j097/JFK08.htm> and "The Assasination of Lee Harvey Oswald" <http://www.uea.ac.uk/~j097/LHOPAPER01.htm>

F
Reading: "The X-Files and Ingestion: Or, How to Become a Vegetarian in Twelve Easy Episodes" <http://www.ravenndragon.net/colorado/1150/xarticle.html>
Due: Information Synthesis Revision

Week 13 (5 Apr)
M
Reading: "The Heraldic Charge Against the Earl of Surrey, 1546-47"  <http://www.findarticles.com/cf_dls/m0293/467_116/76650907/print.jhtml>

W
Reading: "Word Healers and Code Talkders: native Americans in the X-Files" <http://www.findarticles.com/cf_0/m0412/3_26/53437060/print.jhtml>

F
Reading: "Media Effects: Marshall McLuhan, Television Culture, and the X-Files" <http://www.findarticles.com/cf_0/m1070/n4_v51/20995385/print.jhtml>

Week 14 (12 Apr)
M
Reading: "Logic & Fallacies"
<http://www.infidels.org/news/atheism/logic.html>
For class: Bring in an example of a fallacy. It can be any form of text (visual, audio, video, textual).


W
Reading:
Due: Conspiracy Theory Argument Draft

F
Reading:
For Class: Rough Draft Workshop

Week 15 (19 Apr)
M
Reading:
Due: Revised Conspiracy Theory Argument

W
Conferences--Conspiracy Theory Argument
Reading:

F
Reading:

Week 16 (26 Apr)
M
Reading:

W
Reading:

F
Reading:

Finals Week--Ezine Presentations/Portfolios are Due
Finals Schedule