Conference Recordings

“Conspiracy Theories in Aerospace History” was a completely online conference that took place live on the web on October 28, 2011. Recordings of all sessions are now available below from the links below.


National Air and Space Museum educator Tim Grove and National History Day director of curriculum Ann Claunch will moderate each session.

You can’t believe everything you read on the Internet. How do you evaluate the reliability of online information? Tim Grove and Ann Claunch frame the conference topics and introduce a framework for thinking critically. Learn more…

The disappearance of Amelia Earhart during her around-the-world flight attempt in July 1937 provides a “teachable moment” about critical thinking and the historical method. Despite an exhaustive search, no signs of Earhart were found. The comprehensiveness of the search should have put the matter to rest. Instead, its inconclusiveness created a longstanding mystery accompanied by outlandish speculation.  Learn more…

December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy.  On this quiet Sunday morning almost 70 years ago, six carriers of the Imperial Japanese Navy launched 353 dive bombers, torpedoes, and fighter aircraft against the American naval and military bases in Hawaii, destroying elements of the U.S. Pacific Fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor.  Before the day was over, four battleships were sunk, three crippled, and one was run aground.  Learn more…

Thinking Critically About UFOs
Recording Available

Even before the much-debated incident at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947, in which a supposed alien craft was allegedly recovered by the military, people have wondered and speculated about aliens and UFOs (unidentified flying objects).  In recent years, debate about UFOs has flourished online and been reflected in American popular culture.  Why have these stories of aliens landing in foreign craft on Earth taken hold so strongly?  Learn more…

Almost from the point of the first Apollo missions, a small group of Americans denied that they had taken place at all. They argued that the missions had been faked in Hollywood by the federal government for purposes ranging from embezzlement of the public treasury to complex conspiracy theories involving international intrigue and murderous criminality. Why, they wondered, was the flag flying in the photos from the Moon when there is no wind? Learn more…

Panel Discussion
Recording Available

All conference presenters return for a lively conversation with participants. The group responds to questions, including: how they think critically in their own work as historians; the role internet resources plays in their research; and how they evaluate various sources of information. Learn more…