NYAS @ WGF 1/30: Re-Framing the Impacts of Cold War CIA Fronts [REGRISTRATION REQUIRED]

Join us Monday evening January 30th at 5:45 PM at The Wenner-Gren Foundation for this year’s first installment of the New York Academy of Sciences Anthropology Lecture Series. David Price, Professor of anthropology and sociology at St. Martin’s University, in Lacey, Washington will be presenting, “Re-Framing the Impacts of Cold War CIA Fronts”. Dr. R. Brian Ferguson from Rutgers University will act as discussant.

Please note: the lecture begins at 6:30 PM and, while the event is free to attend pre-registration is required for entry into the building, and limited to the first 50 guests.

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


Buffet Dinner at 5:45 pm ($20 contribution for dinner guests / free for students).
Lecture begins at 6:30 pm and are free and open to the public.

Pre-registration is required to attend the lecture.