The History of the CIA and its Role in Pop Culture: New class for Fall 2015

Have you ever noticed that there is plethora of popular media detailing the CIA? The CIA is mentioned in books, TV Shows, Movies and songs.

With a variety of information, it is hard to decipher fact from fiction.

Fortunately for IU South Bend, there is Dr. Jonathan Nashel to help students and faculty alike to assist in deciding what is true and false. at


According to Dr. Nashel, this course asks and answers: “What is the CIA?  This straightforward question has no easy answer.  We will work to answer this question by first familiarizing you with the history of the CIA.  Once we have examined its history, the more fanciful, crazed, and conspiratorial visions of the CIA will be considered.  We will then explore why there is such a disjunction between the historical record and the world of fantasy regarding the CIA.  We will be reading histories, novels, and watching a bunch of films where the CIA is a prominent character.  Hold onto your hats…it’s going to be a bumpy ride!”


The CIA (left) portrayed in the comedy The Interview from 2014

For more information about Dr. Nashel’s class, HIST-T 390 “Literary and Intellectual Traditions”, please contact him at

HIST-T 390 “Literary and Intellectual Traditions” meets Monday and Wednesday from 4 P.M. to 5:15 P.M.


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