BOOK TALK:  “Nice White Ladies”

November 9, 2021 5PM PT
Jessie Daniels, Professor of Sociology at Hunter College, Faculty Associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center, Affiliate Faculty in Africana Studies, Critical Social Psychology and Sociology at the Graduate Center – CUNY 

Jessie Daniels, PhD (City University of New York; Harvard Berkman Klein Center; Oxford Internet Institute) discusses her new book, Nice White Ladies, which pulls no punches when it comes to white women and the many ways they are crucial to the smooth operation of white supremacy. Among a wide range of topics, she will talk about the “Karens” who call 911 — and how that technology is geared to meet the needs of white women —  and the yoga ladies who advocate “light and love” from their all-white yoga studios, and the way white women’s protection is central to American culture, and it is destroying us all. Daniels’ approach is what one reviewer called a “gentle double-dare” for white women who want to do better and join with others working for liberation.

Design + Power: Policy for the Ecology of Influence

November 10, 2021 5PM PT
Jasmine McNealy, Associate Professor in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida

Platforms, apps, and other technology used by and deployed on us create persuasive environments. This talk advances the ecological approach to data governance by examining the interactions, relationships, and connections that design provokes in data systems. More importantly, this talk examines the role of policy in reshaping these persuasive systems with the goal of mitigating or stopping the possible harms from data collection.

It’s Funny How Money Change a Situation: Digital Black Feminism as a Product

November 17, 2021 5PM PT
Catherine Knight Steele, Assistant Professor of Communication at University of Maryland

In this talk, Dr. Steele discusses Black feminism online as a product for sale—considering branding, content creation, appropriation, and “going viral.” Building on the work of hip-hop feminists and returning to the metaphor of the beauty shop, Steele explores digital Black feminism as a business and the implications of a consumer-based digital culture on the work of Black feminists online.In the transition to a consumerist digital culture, Steele considers what may be lost when Black feminism becomes a product manufactured for consumption and why a renewed vigilance is required to protect Black feminist thought.

Does Not Compute: Rethinking the History of Computing

December 8, 2021 5PM PT
Mar Hicks, Associate Professor of History at Illinois Tech