Speaker Series

March 20, 2024

Forrest Stuart

Please join us for Forrest Stuart’s talk, “Institutional Decision-Making in the Digital Age: The Case of Social Media Data in Criminal Courts.”

February 8, 2024

TJ Billard: Voices for Transgender Equality

TJ Billard offers an insider’s view into transgender activism during the first two years of the Trump administration.

March 31, 2023

Hakeem Jefferson: From Margin to Center

Studying race and inequality requires an approach that takes seriously the experiences, knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of those who live on the margins of our society. Social science research often falls short, theoretically and empirically, because of a tendency to ignore the margins in favor of those who have, for far too long, occupied the center.

February 10, 2023

Digital Cultures & Governance: Perspectives from the Global South

The Global South or the Majority World remains underrepresented and absent in discussions around Artificial Intelligence and data governance that are largely focused in high-income countries in North America and Europe. Yet the impact of AI and the rise of digital infrastructures is likely to disproportionally impact these very communities. This panel will bring diverse perspectives, outline critical concerns, center questions of power, and ultimately rethink the role of the Global South in shaping frameworks for governance for democratic inclusion.

January 19, 2023

Elizabeth Dubois: When hate and harassment are just a part of the job

Thursday, January 19 at 3:30pm – Freedom Forum Conference Center, Carroll Hall For many political journalists and health communicators, exposing themselves to hate, harassment, and credibility attacks online is an unavoidable part of the job. Drawing from interviews, surveys, and content analyses of tweets, this lecture shows how facing negativity everyday can make it harder…

November 10th, 2022

Tamara K. Nopper: Crime Data and Policing Data as Open Data

Thursday, November 10 at 3:00pm – Freedom Forum Conference Center, Carroll Hall, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

October 6, 2022

Nancy Leong: Capitalizing on Identity in Public Life

Thursday, October 6 at 3:00pm – Freedom Forum Conference Center, Carroll Hall, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

September 23, 2022

Victor Ray on Critical Race Theory: Why it Matters & Why You Should Care

Friday, September 23 at 11:00am – Freedom Forum Conference Center, Carroll Hall, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

September 22, 2022

Francesca Tripodi Presents The Propagandists’ Playbook with a Q&A Featuring Victor Ray

Dr. Francesca Tripodi presents The Propagandists’ Playbook with a Q&A featuring Victor Ray. Thursday, September 22 at 3:00pm
Freedom Forum Conference Center, Carroll Hall, UNC-CH

May 5, 2022

Catherine Knight Steele on Digital Black Feminism

Catherine Knight Steele is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Maryland – College Park and the author of Digital Black Feminism.

April 21, 2022

Jonathan Ong on the Politics and Ethics of Representing ‘The Trolls’

Jonathan Corpus Ong is Associate Professor of Global Digital Media in the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.

April 7, 2022

André Brock on Race and Technoculture

André Brock is an Associate Professor in the School of Literature, Media & Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

March 10, 2022

Jessa Lingel on the Craigslist Ethic: A Web 1.0 Vision of Online Democracy

Jessa Lingel is an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication.

February 3, 2022

Mary Anne Franks on The Free Speech Industry: How the Internet Commodifies Freedom

Dr. Mary Anne Franks is Professor of Law and Michael R. Klein Distinguished Scholar Chair at the University of Miami.

April 3, 2020

Arvind Narayanan on “The Cognitive Errors Enabling the Unchecked Power of Tech Platforms”

Arvind Narayanan is lead researcher with the Princeton Web Transparency and Accountability Project.

January 28, 2020

Eszter Hargittai on Algorithm Skills: What are They and How Do We Measure Them?

Eszter Hargittai is Professor and Chair of Internet Use and Society at the Institute of Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich.