Hidden influence: A Workshop on Propaganda

by  International Spy Museum

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Every day students are faced with different forms of propaganda. However, it is nothing new. Governments have used this type of covert action to influence events both at home and abroad. Can your students identify the tools and techniques used to create successful propaganda campaigns? By the end, students will think critically about the information they consume and understand how it could be designed to manipulate their thoughts and opinions.


Please note: One of the stories this workshop covers is Operation Denver, a Soviet active measures campaign, to spread the idea that AIDS was a man-made virus created by the US in Pentagon laboratories. The workshop does not discuss how AIDS is transmitted.

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Multipoint: $150.00
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Point to Point: $150.00
Point to Point Premium: $150.00
By Request: $150.00
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PAYMENT: Full payment MUST be received no later than one week prior to the date of the workshop. Accepted forms of payment include Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or checks. The International Spy Museum will NOT accept purchase orders as a form of payment.

FREE FOR TITLE ONE SCHOOLS: Visit https://www.spymuseum.org/education-programs/access-to-spy/title-1-schools/ for more information.


50 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

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Primary Disciplines

International, Professional Development, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
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Booking Information

Offered Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm EST. Before or after hours have an additional fee of $100.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Cancellations up to 14 days prior to the virtual workshop date. If a program must be rescheduled, we require 48 hours notice. If a program must be cancelled due to weather, it can be rescheduled once within the same school year (depending on availability).

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International Spy Museum

Washington, District of Columbia
United States

The International Spy Museum creates compelling exhibitions
and other learning experiences that shed light on the shadow world of espionage
and intelligence, educating and challenging each of us to engage critically
with the complex world around us.


Program Details


1 Define Propaganda and Fake News
2. Show examples of White Grey and Black propaganda and have students identify each
3. Participants learn about Operation Denver
4. Questions


By the end of this students, students will...
- learn that Fake news and propaganda are nothing new
- understand that propaganda is a type of deception operation
- identify three different types of propaganda
- learn how the Soviet Union used propaganda in the 1980s