Thursday, Sept. 20, 6 PM

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library – Downtown Central Branch
1 Lafayette Square

FREE and open to the public.


In what ways do celebrated technologies such as Facebook and Google
reinforce stereotypes and weaken our democracy? What role do such media platforms play in exacerbating the pervasive social distrust in the country? Humanities New York, the Buffalo Humanities Festival, and the Buffalo & Erie Country Public Library invite you to join two of the country’s most incisive critics for a discussion of our digital world.

This conversation, the launch event for the Festival, will explore these and other questions. Featuring Safiya Umoja Noble, Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication, is the author of Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (February 2018); and Siva Vaidhyanathan, Robertson Professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia, is the author of Anti-Social Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy (June 2018)and The Googlization of Everything — and Why We Should Worry (March 2012).

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