Taught by Lucy Bernholz and DCSL Postdoctoral Fellows

Offered: Fall Quarter 2023-2024

The Digital Civil Society Speaker Series highlights evolving perspectives at the intersection of the social sector, digital technology, and contemporary society. Speakers are experts from social sector organizations and from various academic fields including but not limited to law, sociology, computer science, political science, history and communication studies.  All speaker sessions are open to members of the Stanford Community.

Spring Quarter 2024 Speakers

  • Apr 4 – Chris Gilliard, Professor of English, Macomb Community College
  • May 2 – Mimi Onuoha, Artist and Researcher using data and code to explore new forms of storytelling, social critique, and interaction.
  • June 6 – Erica Robles-Anderson, Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University

Winter Quarter 2024 Speakers

  • Jan 11 – Alex Hanna, Director of Research, Distributed AI Research Institute
  • Feb 1 – Meredith Whittaker, President of Signal
  • Mar 7 – Kishonna Gray, Associate Professor in Writing, Rhetoric, & Digital Studies and Africana Studies, University of Kentucky

Fall Quarter 2023 Speakers

  • Oct 5 – Ifeoma Ajunwa, J.D., Ph.D., AI.Humanity Professor of Law and Ethics, Director, AI and the Law Program, Emory University
  • Nov 2 – Tamara Kneese, Senior Research and Project Director, Algorithmic Impact Methods Lab, Data and Society
  • Dec 7 – Karen Levy, Assistant Professor, Department of Information Science, Cornell University

Spring Quarter 2021 Speakers

  • Apr 7 – Chris Bail, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at Duke University
  • Apr 14 – Deborah Raji, Mozilla Fellow and Executive Director of Project Include
  • Apr 28 – ‘Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative, practitioner fellow, Digital Civil Society Lab
  • May 5 – Megan Ming Francis, Associate Professor in the Departments of Political Science and Law, Societies, and Justice at the University of Washington
  • May 12 – Natalie Stroud, Professor of Communication Studies and Journalism and Director of the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin
  • May 19 – Marisa Duarte, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University
  • May 26 – Deen Freelon, Associate Professor in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • June 2 – Nick Couldry, Professor of Media Communications and Social Theory, London School of Economics and Political Science. Ulises A. Mejias, Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the Institute for Global Engagement, State University of New York at Oswego

Spring Quarter 2020 Speakers

Winter Quarter 2020 Speakers

  • Jan 14 – Allen Gunn, Executive Director at Aspiration Tech
  • Jan 21 – Abbie van Sickle, Criminal Justice Reporter for The Marshall Project
  • Feb 4 – Catherine Sandoval, Associate Professor of Law at Santa Clara University
  • Feb 11 – Victoria Baines, Cybersecurity Expert and Affiliate, Stanford Cyber Policy Center
  • Feb 25 – Jen Schradie, Author of The Revolution that Wasn’t: How Digital Activism Favors Conservatives
  • Mar 3 – Barbara van Schewick, Professor of Law and Director of Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society

Fall Quarter 2019 Speakers

  • Oct 1 – Ge Wang – Humans in the Loop: The Artful Design of Technology
  • Oct 15 – Sharad Goel – Equitable Algorithms and Computational Policy
  • Oct 29 – Nicole Coleman – Are You Worried About Data Bias? Invest in Libraries
  • Nov 5 – Jay Hamilton – What is Computational Journalism? How Could it Better Support Democracy?
  • Nov 19 – Consuelo Amat and Natalie Cadranel – Working with History’s Avengers at the Nexus of Academia and Grasroots Technology

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Teaching Assistant for this course is Daniela Uribe.