2019 Keynote Speakers

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OPENING KEYNOTE with Siva Vaidhyanathan

The Heckler’s Veto: The Real Threats to Free Speech and Deep Thought

Siva Vaidhyanathan will be returning to kick off ER&L 2019. He has a new book out this year Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy. Watch Siva’s closing keynote from 2018 about his book.

Siva Vaidhyanathan is the Robertson Professor of Media Studies and director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia.

He is the author of Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2018). He also wrote Intellectual Property: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2017), and The Googlization of Everything — and Why We Should Worry (University of California Press, 2011). He has written two previous books: Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity (New York University Press, 2001) and The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System (Basic Books, 2004). He also co-edited (with Carolyn Thomas) the collection, Rewiring the Nation: The Place of Technology in American Studies (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007).

Vaidhyanathan directs the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia, which produces a television show, a radio program, several podcasts, and the Virginia Quarterly Review magazine. He has appeared in an episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to discuss early social network services. Vaidhyanathan has appeared in several documentary films, including Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013), Inside the Mind of Google (2009), and Freedom of Expression (2007). In 2016 Vaidhyanathan played a prominent role in the higher-education documentary, Starving the Beast. Vaidhyanathan was portrayed as a character on stage at the Public Theater in New York City in a play called Privacy (2016). Vaidhyanathan serves on the board of the Digital Public Library of America.

Vaidhyanathan has written for many periodicals, including The New York Times, Bloomberg View, American Scholar, Dissent, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times Magazine, Slate.com, BookForum, Columbia Journalism Review, Washington Post, The Guardian, Esquire.com, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The New York Times Book Review, and The Nation. He is a frequent contributor to public radio programs. And he has appeared on news programs on BBC, CNN, NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, and ABC.

After five years as a professional journalist, he earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Vaidhyanathan has also taught at Wesleyan University, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Columbia University, New York University, McMaster University, and the University of Amsterdam. He is a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities and a Faculty Associate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He was born and raised in Buffalo, New York and resides in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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CLOSING KEYNOTE with Jerica Copeny

Past, Present, Future of Trailblazing with Data for Social Change

Living in our current society where data is all around us, how can it be used as a tool for social change? Jerica Copeny explores a cross disciplinary approach on working to build civic data science projects in environments where this work is being newly developed. Her talk will explore how data has been used as a tool for social change from the past examination information trailblazers as Ida B. Wells, Jane Addams and W.E.B. Du Bois, and discuss presently how various types of organizations have begun to define how they are working to have an impact with data. In a TEDx style reflective discussion, Copeny will go over lessons learned, poignant discoveries in being one of the first data scientist in the United States to work in a public library. Her work seeks to answers, what is the public library’s role in utilizing data science for social change? Through the sharing of her experiences she will explore techniques on how each of us can work to answer how we can influence social change for the future with data

Jerica Copeny is one of the first data scientists in the nation to work in a public library. She is the Civic Data Scientist at Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library in Evansville Indiana. She was recent fellow for the 2018 Summer Fellowship of Data Science for Social Good through the University of Chicago. She was selected as 2018 Innovators for the Library Journal’s Mover & Shakers. She obtained her Master of Science in Human Computer Interaction from DePaul University and Master of Library of Information Science from Dominican University. Her six year background is a cross disciplinary approach of HCI, qualitative and quantitative techniques utilized for helping to understand social issues such as education, literacy, health, and race through a lens of data science.

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