Reunion 2019 Schedule

Jun 21

Alumni College - Social Movements and Protest in the Digital Era

Alumni College - Social Movements and Protest in the Digital Era, presented by Dev Gupta, Associate Professor of Political Science

Friday, June 21st, 2019
1:15 – 2:15 pm / Olin Hall 149

While many people use social media in their daily lives, have you ever considered using it to spark a revolution? In this talk, Political Science professor Devashree Gupta will focus on the role that "Internet 2.0" -- social media in particular -- play in mobilizing activists and staging protests. Using examples, including the Arab Spring uprisings and the "hacktivism" of groups like Anonymous, she will map out some of the different ways in which the internet can play a role in protest, talk about ways in which this relationship between virtual activism and activism in the physical world is evolving, and identify some of the challenges that emerge when protest goes online, wholly or in part.

Sponsored by Reunion 2019. Contact: Michael Thompson, x4206