David Walker is a lecturer at Boise State University, where he teaches classes in military and diplomatic history, as well as terrorism, world history, historiography and historical methodology.
Dr. Walker’s most recent publication is “The Early Nuclear Age and Visions of Future War” from the University of Tennessee Press as part of the anthology The Atomic Bomb and American Society: New Perspectives, 2009. Upcoming in 2011 are “Hybrid Wars, RMAs and the Gaza Flotilla Incident” in the anthology Operation Sea Breeze from Rowman-Littlefield, and entries on “Nuclear Strategy” and the “Pentomic Era” in the Encyclopedia of Military Science from Sage publishing. His current research is investigating the links between military innovation and imagining future war.
He earned his B.A. in History at Seattle University in 1996, an M.A. in Military History from the George Washington University in 1999, and his PhD from the same institution in 2004. His doctoral dissertation was titled “Eisenhower’s New Look, Tactical Nuclear Weapons and Limited War with a Case Study of the Taiwan Strait Crisis of 1958.”
This talk discusses the phenomena of conspiracy theories in modern history ranging from secret world wide plots to the JFK assassination to the 9/11 truth movement – and perhaps a Big Foot or alien autopsy too. From the silly to the serious this lecture attempts to find the patterns connecting them all, and the repercussions conspiracy theories have had on our world.