Dr. McCarthy Gives Lecture On The CIA And Democracy Wednesday

Thursday, November 01, 2012
Dr. David McCarthy
Dr. David McCarthy

"Rogue Elephants, Honorable Men, and the Mystique of the CIA" will be presented by Dr. David McCarthy, lecturer in the UTC Department of History, on Wednesday from 5:30-7 p.m. in the UTC University Center Signal Mountain Room.  The UTC History Club invites the public to attend this free lecture and question and answer session.  Attendees are welcome to bring a brown bag dinner while they listen to the talk.  

"Senator Frank Church (D-Idaho) famously described the Central Intelligence Agency as a 'rogue elephant on a rampage' in 1975," said Dr. McCarthy.  "To assess whether this accusation was justified, this lecture will examine the history of the CIA between 1947 and the mid-1970s.  Specific attention will be given to the complex relationship between the CIA and American democracy."

Dr. McCarthy, who will be offering a UTC course on the history of the CIA during spring 2013 semester, is a native of Auburn, New York.  He graduated from Dartmouth College, and in the fall of 2001 he entered the graduate program at the College of William and Mary. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. in American history at William and Mary. His dissertation, “The CIA & The Cult of Secrecy,” examines the history of the Agency since the mid-1970s. He is currently writing a book based on his research on the CIA.

Dr. McCarthy was the Lewis L. Glucksman Fellow at William and Mary in 2006, and he has been a visiting assistant professor at Furman University (2008-2009) and Stetson University (2009-2011).

For more information or if any accommodations are needed to fully participate in this event, please contact the UTC History Club’s faculty advisor at Michael-D-Thompson@utc.edu.  


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