A discussion with Brown professor Ross Cheit, author of The Witch Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children. Cheit's book, released this month by Oxford University Press, examines a series of high-profile child sex abuse cases in the 1980s empirically challenges the view that these cases were hoaxes. The book shows how a narrative based on empirically thin evidence became a theory with real social force, and how that theory stood at odds with the reality of child sexual abuse.
A reception and book signing will follow the discussion
â€¢ Ross Cheit, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Brown University
â€¢ Jennifer Freyd, Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon
â€¢ Nancy Whittier, Professor of Sociology, Smith College
â€¢ James Morone, Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies, Brown University
â€¢ Sharon Krause, Professor and Chair of Political Science, Brown University