David McCarthy, a lecturer in the History Department at UTC, will present“Rogue Elephants, Honorable Men and the Mystique of the CIA” on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 5:30-7 p.m.

The lecture will be held in the University Center’s Signal Mountain Room, and a question-and-answer session will follow.

Attendees are invited to bring a brown bag dinner to the talk.

“Sen. Frank Church (D-Idaho) famously described the Central Intelligence Agency as a ‘rogue elephant on a rampage’ in 1975. To assess whether this accusation was justified, this lecture will examine the history of the CIA between 1947 and the mid-1970s. Specific attention will be given to the complex relationship between the CIA and American democracy,” McCarthy said in a prepared statement.


McCarthy will offer a course on the history of the CIA during the spring 2013 semester. He is a native of Auburn, N.Y., and a graduate of Dartmouth and William and Mary.

His dissertation, “The CIA and the Cult of Secrecy,” examines the history of the agency since the mid-1970s. He is currently writing a book on the organization.

McCarthy was the Lewis L. Glucksman Fellow at William and Mary in 2006, and he has been a visiting assistant professor at Furman University (2008-2009) and Stetson University (2009-2011).

For more information or if any accommodations are needed to fully participate in this event, please contact the UTC History Club’s faculty advisor at[email protected].