FAQs


Is there a cost?

No, the conference and recordings are free, but participants must register for the live events at http://www.smithsonianconference.org/conspiracy/register/

What if I can’t watch every session?

The conference schedule is organized into 45-minute sessions based on a specific topic. Each segment will include discussion about critical thinking and analyzing historical sources. The entire conference will be archived and available for at least a year.

Is it targeted to a specific age?

Secondary students will find the conference especially helpful.

What is the format?

The conference will include brief backgrounds of the topic, discussion among several historians and educators, and a variety of visuals – short video segments, archival footage and historic photographs. You will hear the presenters but not see them. See our previous conference on the Apollo Space Program as an example.

How is it engaging and interactive?

Participants will be able to ask questions throughout the live sessions and respond to questions that the presenters ask, including polls to gauge the audience’s opinions and knowledge.

Do my students need to prepare?

While preparation is not necessary, those students who are familiar with some of the topics will get the most out of the conversation. See our suggested pre-conference activities/resources.