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Dr. Adam Komisaruk

A portrait of Doctor Erik Herron.

“Fakes and Frauds” poses the question, “What is authentic and why does it matter?” This course offers a series of case studies in the invention, dissemination and reception of famous hoaxes from a variety of disciplines, ranging from Thomas Chatterton’s “Rowley” poems and James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces, to Milli Vanilli lip-syncing their hit songs and the Volkswagen emissions scandal exposed at WVU. Students will explore the ways that the drive for creative expression sometimes complements, and sometimes conflicts with, the obligations of ethical citizenship.