**** Date changed to Friday, Sep 22, 2017 ****
Friday, September 22, 2017
Refreshments: 3:30 Program: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B
Free and open to the public
Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest is a riveting firsthand account and incisive analysis of modern protest, revealing internet-fueled social movements’ greatest strengths and frequent challenges.
Could the ability to organize massive protests quickly on Facebook and Twitter be making those protests vulnerable in the long term? If new technologies are so empowering, why are so many movements failing to curb authoritarianism’s rise? Is a glut of misinformation more effective censorship than directly forbidding speech? Why are so many of today’s movements leaderless?
Zeynep Tufekci answers these questions and more, speaking from direct experience and combining on-the-ground observations with insightful analysis.
The author describes herself: “Exploring the interactions between technology and society… I’m an assistant [now associate] professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill at at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) with an affiliate appointment in the Department of Sociology. I’m a contributing opinion writer at the New York Times. For 2014-2015, I am an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. I am currently a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Previously, I was a fellow at Princeton University Center for Information Technology and an an assistant professor of sociology at UMBC. ”
Photo at right: Zeynep in Gezi Park, Istanbul during the 2013 protests, wearing a helmet as protection from the tear gas canisters that were flying around.
The Friends’ book discussion group Books Sandwiched In is beginning a new season August 2. A variety of participant volunteers lead specific discussions. The group meets on first Wednesdays from 11:30 to 12:30 usually in room C (check the Friends calendar for any changes). The Library has multiple copies of these books for borrowing. All are welcome–bring a sandwich if you wish.
Aug 2, 2017 – How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi – Freshman Read
Sept 6 – Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank– Banned Books Week
Oct 4 – A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
Nov 1 – The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
Dec 6 – Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love by Dava Sobel
Jan – No meeting
Feb 7, 2018 – Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson
Mar 7 – Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
Apr 4 – Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of The Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterely
May 2 – The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
June 6 – The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
The events calendar listings have a brief summary for each book.