The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Shoshana Zuboff - The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Shoshana Zuboff - The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

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In her book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, scholar and sociologist Shoshana Zuboff posits a detailed examination of the unprecedented power of surveillance capitalism, by which our personal information, monetized and exploited by big tech companies, is then used to predict and shape our behaviors. In this frank and necessarily lucid talk, Zuboff defines the terms of surveillance capitalism as a new economic system, pioneered at Google and later Facebook, in much the same way that mass-production and managerial capitalism were pioneered at Ford and General Motors a century before. Zuboff speaks urgently to our need to protect ourselves in this unprecedented age, and not try to resist or strike in the ways we did a century ago. Google, Amazon and now fallen behemoths like Cambridge-Analytica aren’t going anywhere, but as Zuboff expansively demonstrates, we can create countermeasures to stave off the monopolistic workings of these companies. We have the power to demand more from these seemingly all-powerful corporations. If they want what we provide (data), they in turn will have to change their usage tactics. The citizen desire and the leverage is here, Zuboff argues—and it’s in the companies’ best interests to change. Rather than facing the subject with worry or paranoia, Zuboff argues for us to pay attention, resist habituation, and come up with novel, innovative responses to the issue of surveillance capitalism, as novel a system as we are likely to know.

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Preventing Firearm Injuries among Children and Teens: The State of Science

Keynote Speaker: Debra Houry, Director of National Center of Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at the CDC

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Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens (FACTS) has organized a inaugural research symposium featuring national experts to bring attention and focus to the current science and research on a critical and growing public health issue: prevention of firearm injury in children and teens. We are accepting poster abstracts that will identify innovative research and strategies to further expand and enhance prevention of firearm injury in children and teens. Topics of interest are universal and secondary firearm injury prevention, epidemiology, risk and protective factors, and policy analysis of firearm injury prevention. The conference goals are to share science on the topic and network with colleagues from multiple disciplines (medicine, public health, criminal justice, law and more) as we work together to reduce injury and death by firearms. After review, authors will be notified of the planning committee’s decision by email mid-July. Submit all abstracts electronically.

Community Assembly and Discussion: Van Jones

President Mark S. Schlissel and Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer Robert M. Sellers are pleased to announce the Community Assembly and  Discussion featuring Van Jones,  CEO of REFORM Alliance, political commentator and host of The Redemption Project and The Van Jones Show on CNN.

Please note that the event with Van Jones is not ticketed. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Queer/Cuir/Feminist (Q/C/F) Américas Working Group Symposium

This is a public symposium of the Queer/Cuir/Feminist (Q/C/F) Group of the Americas to be held in Ann Arbor on September 20, 2019, to advance the publication of two scholarly journal special issues that will appear in the United States (in English) and in Brazil (in Spanish and Portuguese). We aspire to create a public space at the University of Michigan for the discussion of LGBTQ Latinx, Indigenous, and Afro- diasporic gender and sexuality through this one-day public event. Our interdisciplinary, transnational, action-based, Latinx queer feminist scholarly group includes university-based scholars and independent scholars and activists that are involved in diverse educational initiatives in several Latin American countries and U.S. Latinx communities. We will host a panel discussion, a keynote speaker, and a reception.

A/PIA Seminar: Gordon H Chang

Gordon H. Chang (Professor of American History, Stanford University)

I am interested in two areas of American life that are often considered separately. The historical connections between race and ethnicity in America, on the one hand, and foreign relations, on the other are in fact profound. I explore these interconnections in my teaching and scholarship. My particular area of focus is trans-Pacific relations, the inter-connections between East Asia and America.I am interested in political, social, and cultural interactions from the earliest days of America to the present.My current research project concerns the recovery and interpretation of the experiences of Chinese railroad workers in North America. Please go to for more information.

So Cool, So Just: The Social Justice Organization Fair

The So Cool, So Just Student Organization Fair is sponsored by the Community Action and Social Change Undergraduate Minor, the Ginsberg Center, and the Office of Community-Engaged Academic Learning as a space for students to learn, connect, and network with social justice organizations.  Each year, more than thirty organizations and departments gather to inform students about ways to get involved, share resources, and build community. So Cool, So Just fair invites your participation whether you’re interested in community-based action, educational justice through dialogue, service-learning, or policy.

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Detroit Month of Design

Detroit Month of Design returns this September 2019 for a month long celebration of design!

Detroit Month of Design is a citywide celebration of creativity that gathers designers and the greater community to celebrate Detroit’s role as a national and global design capital. Partners from emerging studios, established companies, and educational institutions across Detroit will come together to show off their latest work and ideas. The cross-disciplinary events take place in all corners of the city, highlighting the work that makes Detroit a UNESCO City of Design.

A complete schedule will be available in early August. Most events are free and open to the public. 

Racial Equity Workshop

Taubman College in partnership with the School for Environment and Sustainability and the University Library invite you to dig deeper on equity issues. Join us and The Racial Equity Institute (REI) in a two-day long process – that helps to provide talking points, historical factors and an organizational definition of racism. REI believes that organizations are often working in very intentionally civil ways yet operating from multiple understandings that rely more on personal feelings and popular opinion. This creates complications to the goal of eliminating racial and ethnic disparities and producing equitable outcomes.

Help us plan for the event by RSVPing (we want to make sure we have enough food for everyone!)

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Let us know if you have any other needs that may prevent you from participating. Also let us know if you need any accommodations or anything else you would like us to know.

For more information, contact Taubman DEI Specialist Joana Dos Santos at

Long Table Discussion: Art / Environment / Sustainability

UMMA and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival (A2SF) welcome artist Mary Mattingly to Ann Arbor for a three-day residency, June 27–30. Mattingly, whose photograph, Life of Objects, is featured in UMMA’s exhibition The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene, is deeply concerned with our relationships to objects—where they come from, where they go, their implications for humans, and their impact on the environment. The centerpiece of the residency is a large-scale public art project titled Objects in the Round, in the Annex tent at Top of the Park on Ingalls Mall where festivalgoers will build a miniature landscape with Mattingly that explores relationships with objects, built landscapes, and habits of consumption.   To kick off her residency, Mattingly will be joined by thought leaders from U-M and beyond—A2SF’s James Carter, UMMA curator Jennifer Friess, arts curator of the U-M Institute for the Humanities Amanda Krugliak, director of the Huron River Watershed Council Laura Rubin, Detroit-based interdisciplinary artist Sacramento Knoxx, independent film director and producer Diane Cheklich, and Christy Bieber, co-director of The Aadizookaan—for a discussion on the possibilities and challenges for artists and arts organizations creating and presenting artwork that explores sustainability and the environment. The Long Table format was born from director and scholar Lois Weaver’s exercise on participation and public engagement. Its aim is to foster civic-minded discussions on ideas and questions surrounding the city’s creative culture. It’s a dinner table atmosphere encouraging participants to ask questions, make statements, leave comments, or openly sit, listen, and watch.

For more information about additional programs for Mattingly’s residency and related to The World to Come exhibition, click here.

Mary Mattingly’s residency is presented in partnership with the Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s Festival Footprint Initiative established with generous support from  Toyota.

The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene is organized by the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida and curated by Kerry Oliver-Smith, Harn Museum of Art Curator of Contemporary Art. Support for the exhibition is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, UF Office of the Provost, National Endowment for the Arts, C. Frederick and Aase B. Thompson Foundation, Ken and Laura Berns, Daniel and Kathleen Hayman, Ken and Linda McGurn, Susan Milbrath, an anonymous foundation, UF Center for Humanities and the Public Sphere, UF Office of Research and Robert and Carolyn Thoburn, with additional support from a group of environmentally-minded supporters, the Robert C. and Nancy Magoon Contemporary Exhibition and Publication Endowment, Harn Program Endowment, and the Harn Annual Fund.

Lead support for the local presentation of this exhibition is provided by Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Michigan Medicine, Tom Porter in honor of the Michigan Climate Action Network, the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment, and the University of Michigan Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design and School for Environment and Sustainability. 

Climate Change and Health Symposium

According to the World Health organization, climate change will account for 250,000 more deaths per year — due to heat stress, diarrhea, malnutrition and malaria — between 2030-50. This rise is estimated to cost countries around the world billions of extra dollars per year by 2030.   

A multidisciplinary symposium on the University of Michigan campus will explore the impact that climate change will have on the health of future patients and people worldwide, and also advance the study of behavior change and the psychology behind climate change. 

Members of the Michigan Medicine community are invited to tackle these issues with graduate students across disciplines at the Climate Change and Health Symposium from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 15 in the South Commons at Munger Graduate Residences. 

Kaitlin T. Raimi, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, will give a presentation on behavior change and the psychology of climate change. Sue Anne Bell, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the School of Nursing, will discuss climate change and its implications in natural disasters and human health. 

Lunch will be served, followed by a case-based discussion. Please RSVP here.