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E. James Holland University Symposium on American Values

Monday, October 16, 2017 2 p.m. Free

Writer, academic and “techno-sociologist” Dr. Zeynep Tufekci will be the featured speaker for ASU’s 2017 E. James Holland University Symposium on American Values Monday, Oct. 16, in the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.

Dr. Zeynep Tufekci Dr. Zeynep Tufekci Tufekci’s presentation, “Machine Intelligence and Humanity: An Alien in Our Midst,” will be covered in two sessions at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center. The evening session will also feature a public question-and-answer forum moderated by Dr. Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai of the ASU history faculty. 

Informal receptions will be held following each session at 3:15 p.m. and 9 p.m. in the University Center Tower Lobby. Both the sessions and the receptions are open free to the public. 

An associate professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Tufekci’s research interests revolve around the intersection of technology and society. Her academic work focuses on social movements and civics, privacy and surveillance, and social interaction. 

Also on the UNC sociology faculty, Tufekci is a faculty associate at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and was previously a fellow at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University. She is becoming increasingly known for her work on “big data” and algorithmic decision making, and she writes a popular blog titled

Originally from Turkey and formally a computer programmer, Tufekci became interested in the social impacts of technology and began to focus on how digital and computational technology interact with social, political and cultural dynamics. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and recently published her first book titled “Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest.” She was named a 2015 Andrew Carnegie Fellow by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and Business Insider named her one of “The 100 Most Influential Tech People on Twitter.” She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas.


C.J. Davidson Conference Center, Houston Harte University Center

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Dr. Trey Smith

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