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Lifelong Learning - Spy Fact/Spy Fiction

October 6 to 27, 2022 at 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. EDT
Hosted Virtually by IUAA

Four Thursdays, Oct. 6–27

6:30–8 p.m. ET

Virtual class offered via Zoom*

$70 per person


This course will examine the world of spying: The real and the imagined. We will focus on the Cold War era and the “spy battles” between the West and communism. In the first two classes we will examine the history of the CIA/MI6 and its communist counterpart, the KGB. In the next two classes we will examine two famous novels and their films: Ian Fleming’s From Russia, With Love and John Le Carré’s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. This will allow us to explore why there is such a disconnect between the historical record and the realm of fantasy. One thing is for sure: You will never think about spying the same way after this course!

This class has required reading and viewing. Participants are asked to read the following two novels and to view their corresponding films before the second class:

From Russia, With Love, by Ian Fleming

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, by John Le Carré 


*Please note: This course is a virtual learning opportunity held via the online platform, Zoom. The link needed to participate will be supplied via email prior to the first class session.



About the Instructor:  

Jonathan Nashel is a professor of history at IU South Bend. He teaches 20th century American history, U.S. foreign policy, and film and photographic history. His writings include Edward Lansdale’s Cold War and articles on the Vietnam War and the CIA. His current project is entitled, “‘Darkness Visible’: A Cultural History of the CIA.”