Speaker Series Explores Important Information Age Topics at The University of Scranton and Marywood University

Oct 28, 2014

Marywood University and The University of Scranton will host two live virtual presentations in November by leading experts on “Social Justice in the Information Society.” The presentations are free and open to the public. Each presentation will be followed by a discussion, a Q&A session facilitated by a local scholar, and a dessert reception.

On Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m., Johannes J. Britz, D.Phil., provost and vice chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will present “The Ethics of Information Access.” Dr. Britz will discuss the implications of, and raise awareness to, the social, political, economic, technological and ethical issues surrounding access to information. Aaron Simmons, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy at Marywood University, will facilitate the presentation, which will take place at Marywood’s Swartz Center, Conference Room B, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton.

On Monday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. Adam D. Moore, Ph.D., associate professor at the Information School and adjunct associate professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Washington, will present “Privacy, Security, and Government Surveillance:

WikiLeaks, Big Data and the ‘New Accountability.’” Acknowledging that information-sharing sites and “big data” have forced upon individuals, corporations and governments a “new accountability,” Dr. Moore argues that accessing and sharing sensitive information is morally suspect and that we don’t owe each other the level of information access promised by “big data” or WikiLeaks. He will present and critique the “Just Trust Us,” “Nothing to Hide” and “Consent” arguments. Michael Jenkins, Ph.D., assistant professor of criminal justice at The University of Scranton, will facilitate the presentation, which will take place at Scranton’s Moskovitz Theater in the DeNaples Center, 900 Mulberry St.

The four-part “Social Justice in the Information Society” speaker series has been funded by the Marywood University/University of Scranton Cooperative Grant. For more information, email Leslie Worrell Christianson, user services and copyright librarian and  assistant professor at Marywood University at lchristianson@maryu.marywood.edu, or George Aulisio, associate professor, library, at The University of Scranton, at george.aulisio@scranton.edu.


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