Rock Valley College

First Tuesday Lecture Series

All RVC First Tuesday Lectures are held in the Educational Resource Center Performing Arts Room (PAR) on RVC's main campus. All lectures start at 6 p.m. unless otherwise stated.

Lectures are free and open to the general public. Refreshments are served 30 minutes prior to each lecture start time. For more information call Kathy McCarty at (815) 921-4009.

First Tuesday Lecture

April 2, 2019 at 6 p.m.

The “Logic” of Conspiracy Theories

Presented by Brian Wagner, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Why do so many people believe in conspiracy Theories? How do we tell the difference between a conspiracy theory and an actual conspiracy? This lecture explores the development and structure of various conspiracy theories, identifies patterns of thinking that lead to them, and the fallacies that are inherent within them. Professor Wagner will introduce tools that help to distinguish between conspiracy theories and actual conspiracies, and apply these tools to a variety of modern-day conspiracy theories. He will examine who is most susceptible to conspiracy thinking … and why.

May 7, 2019 at 6 p.m.

The Psychology of Science Denial: Why We Believe What We Do

Presented by Dr. Erin Fisher, Professor of Psychology

We hear more about “fake news”, conspiracy theories, climate change denial, “alternative facts”, “flat earthers”, evolution rejection, and vaccination dangers every day. Pseudosciences like homeopathy, astrology, crystal therapy, and the like are experiencing a resurgence in popularity thanks to celebrities. This timely presentation will address the psychology behind this phenomenon.

Any views or opinions presented are solely those of the presenter and do not necessarily represent those of Rock Valley College, the Rock Valley College Board of Trustees, their agents or employees.