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Folks, It's a Hoax!
Myrna Goldberger
Recipient of the LLS 1999 Excellence in Teaching Award

COURSE DESCRIPTION: "Hoax" is defined as either a practical joke, a deception by an interesting or amusing story, a trick for political gain or sport or a ruse by one desiring fame. The motivations of a hoaxer include greed, a desire to "put one over" on someone else, a yearning for recognition or a desire to capitalize on risk. This lecture series will focus on some of the most infamous and outrageous hoaxes in American history. Were these actions part of human frailty or were they the result of planned ambition, power or self-aggrandizement? The objective of these lectures is to emphasize the historical significance of each story. What were the consequences of each hoax? What did the hoax indicate about American society? In what ways was it unique and to what other incidents can it be compared? How does a hoax differ from a joke and how have some of them played an historical role?
1. H.L. Mencken and the Neglected Anniversary: The Art Forger
2. Clifford Irving and Howard Hughes; Protocols of the Elders of Zion
3. The Man Who Never Was -- World War II; The War of the Worlds
4. The story of Aimee Semple McPherson; Gaston Means and the Lindbergh Kidnapping; The story of Curveball (Iraq and Weapons of Mass Destruction)
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Myrna Goldberger has been a presenter for the Lifelong Learning Society (LLS) for 21-plus years. Educated at the University of Maryland, Loyola College and Johns Hopkins University, Myrna has had more than 50 years of experience in educational programming, including Elderhostel and scholar-in-residence weekends. She currently presents lectures to community and religious groups, as well as to special-interest groups in Florida and other states. Moreover, she performs in self-written, one-act plays focusing on famous American women and men. Myrna has been the recipient of previous LLS awards.  

Time: 12:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Date: Mondays, November 3, 10, 17, 24
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $34 member / $54 non-member

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