Strassler co-sponsors conference on ‘Manufacturing Denial: The Assault on Scholarship and Truth,’ Oct. 24-25

Strassler Center Co-Sponsors Multidisciplinary Conference - Manufacturing Denial: the Assault on Scholarship and Truth

Social scientists, natural scientists, political theorists, and historians will discuss different forms of denial and why they persist in the face of facts. They will consider the ways in which scholarship has become the battleground in this struggle — which resonates far beyond academe. Presentations will focus on genocide denial, scientific denial, and political denial.


24 October 2014, 7 p.m.

Worcester State University, Ghosh Auditorium

Brendan Nyhan (Dartmouth College)

The Challenge of Denial: Why People Refuse to Accept Unwelcome Facts

Response – Henry Theriault (Worcester State University)

Reception to follow. Free and open to the public. For special seating requests, contact Henry Theriault at or 508-929-8612


25 October 2014, 8:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.

Clark University, Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons

Conference sessions are free. Registration required due to limited seating. Light refreshments.

Lunch is not included.

Contact Dr. Sarah Cushman at or 508-793-7764 to register.

Sessions held at Clark University will explore “Modern Strategies and Rhetoric of Denial,” “Political Uses of Denial,” and “Countering Denial: How and When?” The conference will conclude with a wrap-up panel and discussion session.

Co-sponsored by the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University; the Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marion Mugar Chair at the Strassler Center; the Armenian Genocide Program at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights at Rutgers University; the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research; and Worcester State University (Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity, and other departments and offices).