History Department at George Mason U. Puts the Kibosh on 'Lying About the Past'

Ethical objections have doomed a much-publicized course at George Mason University that required students to construct an elaborate historical hoax and place it in the public domain.

"Lying About the Past," which was taught twice, brought the world fabricated accounts of a serial killer in late 1890s New York and of an American pirate who haunted the Chesapeake Bay. Each was preceded by a warning on the blog of the course's creator, T. Mills Kelly, an associate professor of history.