Ours is a world of unprecedented technological innovation. Today’s must-have device is obsolete tomorrow, and oodles of miracle gadgets are imminent. But does this electronic playground flatten hierarchies and create understanding, or increase inequality and thwart political action? Is social justice any more achievable in the information age? Scholar and activist Virginia Eubanks, author of Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age, reflects on her ten years of organizing for high-tech equity with poor and working-class families. Join the woman who has been called “the Jane Addams of the digital age” for a lively discussion of how to create an information age that works for everyone.
This program honors the commitment Peggy Hall-Heineman made to the Chicago Humanities Festival and to her students, enriching both our organization and her classroom by attending our events and discussing CHF ideas. Peggy retired from Frederick Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center this summer.