UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND — Voted Richmond’s 2nd ‘best speaker series’ by Richmond Magazine in 2019, this year’s Jepson Leadership Forum will host experts in the fields of technology, journalism, politics, and education to explore the increasingly powerful digital space and how it impacts leadership.

The annual speaker series — hosted by UR’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies, the nation’s first undergraduate school of leadership studies — provides students and the community an opportunity to interact with national and international leaders and scholars.  

This year’s series, “Digital Dystopias: Truth and Representation in the Internet Age,” will examine the benefits, pitfalls, and challenges facing the next generation as it navigates an online world with global influence on politics, economics, and society.

Events include:

Sept. 17 · The Origins of the Internet with Katie Hafner
Hafner is a journalist, frequent contributor to The New York Times, and an author whose work covers a range of topics, including the origins of the internet and computer hackers.

Oct. 7  · Economics and Influence in Digital Spaces with Derek Thompson
Thompson is a staff writer at The Atlantic, founder and host of the podcast “Crazy/Genius,” and news analyst at National Public Radio

Nov. 19 · The Internet as a Weapon with Yasha Levine
Levine is a Russian-American investigative journalist and author of Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet.

Feb 13 · Algorithms, Austerity, and Inequality with Virginia Eubanks
Eubanks is an associate professor of political science at the University of Albany, State University of New York, and the author of Automatic Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor and Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age.

March 25 · Racial Representation in Technoculture with André Brock
Brock is an associate professor at the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology whose scholarship examines how race is represented through online platforms.

All events are held at 7 p.m. in UR’s Jepson Alumni Center. The Jepson Forum is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

More details and registration information can be found at jepson.richmond.edu/forum.

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