Festival Overview

Thursday, Sept. 20, 6 PM

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library – Downtown Central Branch
Humanities New York presents “Anti-Social Media: Digital Space and the Destabilization of Democracy”

PARTICIPANTS:

Safiya Umoja Noble, Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication, author of Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

Siva Vaidhyanathan, Robertson Professor of Media Studies and Director of the Center for Media and Citizenship, University of Virginia, author of Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2018), 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).

Moderated by: Ulises Mejias, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, SUNY Oswego

Friday, Sept. 21, 8 PM (7 PM VIP reception)

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, with reception in the AK Café
Spotlight Speaker: Angie Thomas

TheHateUGive

Angie Thomas is the author of the instant #1 New York Times bestseller The Hate U Give: widely known as the Black Lives Matter-inspired YA novel. Called “a stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time” (The New York Times), it’s already been adapted as a major feature film that will be released on October 19. In talks, Thomas gives context and background to the culture, politics, and movement behind the book.

Saturday, Sept. 22, 10:30 AM

Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College
The full festival day begins with a performance by Dan Hoyle of “BORDER PEOPLE” and continues with talks, panels, and community conversations focusing on Revolutions: examinations of past, present and future movements effecting social, political and cultural change.

Lunch is included with each festival pass. A reception featuring music by the Autonomous Vehicles and beer by Community Beer Works beer closes out the festival.

 

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