Author to discuss research into Americans’ belief in paranormal during online program

A professor who has examined popular beliefs about ghosts, monsters and UFOs in America will discuss his findings and his book during an online talk on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

Christopher Bader, Ph.D.,  author of “Paranormal America: Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts, and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture,” will give the talk at 1 p.m. through Go To Meeting, an online meeting platform. Admission is free.

Participants can log on with this link: You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (646) 749-3122 Access Code: 562-776-509 Those new to Go To Meeting can download the app here:

This program is in conjunction with Hayes Presidential’s special exhibit, “Ohio: An Unnatural History,” which profiles notable folktales and urban legends from across the Buckeye State, but it also dives into the nature of paranormal belief in modern society.

Bader’s research is a natural fit with the topics examined in the exhibit. Through the use of national sociological surveys and interviews paranormal enthusiasts, Bader and his research team made a number of fascinating discoveries on who believes in what when it comes to the supernatural.

Bader is a professor of sociology at Chapman University in Orange, California.

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner of the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

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