Post-Truth Moments in History

The Oxford English Dictionary has named “post-truth” the word of 2016. Post-truth is defined as, "relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief." Our panel of Ohio State University professors looks at different historical contexts/cases where generally accepted “truths” were somehow rendered unimportant, whether deliberately or unintentionally, thereby providing historical context for our more recent “post-truth” moments.
A panel discussion by Ohio State University Professors John Brooke (History), Greg Anderson (History), Melissa Curley (Comparative Studies) and Bert Harrill (History) with Moderator, David Staley (History) hosted by the Clio Society (

The Clio Society of the Department of History at Ohio State University promotes the life-long learning of history for personal enrichment; engages students, colleagues, and friends in the exchange of information and ideas about history outside of the realm of traditional academic classes and seminars; builds a social network of students, colleagues, and friends who share a common interest in history; and provides a sustained, broad-based support for the History Department. Find out more about the Clio Society at