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Digital Dystopias:
Truth and Representation in the Internet Age

The 2019-20 Jepson Leadership Forum examines the benefits, pitfalls, and challenges facing the next generation as it navigates an online world with global influence on politics, economics, and society. Experts in the fields of technology, journalism, politics, and education will share their thoughts on how an increasingly powerful digital space affects both leadership and followership.

Events are free and open to the public. Registration is required and opens three weeks prior to each event.

2019–20 Jepson Leadership Forum Events

André Brock

March 25 • 7 p.m. • Jepson Alumni Center
Racial Representation in Technoculture
André Brock
Associate professor, School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology
This presentation has been canceled as a precautionary measure in the wake of the global coronavirus outbreak.

Katie Hafner

Sept. 17 • 7 p.m. • Jepson Alumni Center
The Origins of the Internet
Katie Hafner
Journalist, frequent contributor to The New York Times, and author

Derek Thompson

Oct. 7 • 7 p.m. • Jepson Alumni Center
Economics and Influence in Digital Spaces
Derek Thompson
Staff writer at The Atlantic, founder and host of the podcast "Crazy/Genius," and news analyst at National Public Radio


Yasha Levine

Nov. 19 • 7 p.m. • Jepson Alumni Center
The Internet as a Weapon
Yasha Levine
Russian-American investigative journalist and author

Virginia Eubanks

Feb 13 • 7 p.m. • Jepson Alumni Center
Algorithms, Austerity, and Inequality
Virginia Eubanks
Associate professor of political science at the University at Albany - State University of New York

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