SEPT 20 | Humanities New York presents, “Anti-Social Media: Digital Space and the Destabilization of Democracy”

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


SEPT 21 | Spotlight Speaker: Angie Thomas

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

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


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.

SEPT 22 | Community Conversations on REVOLUTIONS

Saturday, Sept. 22, 10:30 AM

Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College

From the events of 1776 and 1968, through the impact of the tech revolution and big data, to #metoo and Black Lives Matter in 2018, come join us as we examine revolution? versus REVOLUTION!

The full festival day begins with a performance by Dan Hoyle of “BORDER PEOPLE” and continues with talks, panels, and community conversations on “revolutions” of all forms. Lunch by West Side Bazaar and a closing reception featuring music by the Autonomous Vehicles and beer by Community Beer Works.

View the detailed schedule here.