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Re-Framing the Impacts of Cold War CIA Fronts: How the CIA Shaped Social Science

NYAS Lecture Series
January 30, 2017

Drawing on two decades of archival and extensive Freedom of Information Act requests, David Price analyzes specific impacts on social science research projects from the Central Intelligence Agency's use of funding fronts to influence social science research during the 1950s and 60s.  While most of the known two dozen CIA funding fronts were identified between 1965 and 1975 by investigative journalists and congressional investigations, relatively little scholarly work since then has focused on tracing the specific ways that these CIA fronts shaped the production and consumption of social science knowledge. The passage of time now allows access to CIA records as well as archival collections showing which projects were selected or rejected for funding, and establishing how these fronts connected witting and unwitting scholars with larger projects of interest to the CIA and defense establishment during the Cold War. These materials shed light on how the production of specific scientific knowledge was linked to the political economic systems in which it was embedded

A dinner and wine reception will precede the talk: Buffet dinner at 5:45PM. ($20 contribution for dinner guests/free for students). PLEASE NOTE: Lectures begin at 6:30 PM and are free and open to the public, but registration is required and limited to the first 50 guests.

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