A READING AND DISCUSSION WITH A. BRAD SCHWARTZ, AUTHOR OF BROADCAST HYSTERIA: ORSON WELLES’S WAR OF THE WORLDS AND THE ART OF FAKE NEWS
BROADCAST HYSTERIA: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News draws upon a trove of long-lost listener letters to reexamine the infamous 1938 “panic broadcast.” The book is based on groundbreaking research that A. Brad Schwartz conducted as part of his senior honors thesis at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he earned his B.A. in History and Screen Arts & Cultures in 2012. Brad also co-wrote a 2013 episode of the PBS series American Experience about the War of the Worlds broadcast, based in part on his thesis research.
While at the University of Michigan, Brad earned several awards for writing and scholarship, including the 2013 Kasdan Scholarship in Creative Writing, the 2013 Robert Hayden Humanities Award, the 2012 Arthur Fondiler History Award for Best Thesis, the 2012 MLibrary Undergraduate Research Award, and the 2010 Dennis McIntyre Prize for Distinction in Undergraduate Playwriting. He currently resides in Michigan.