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A World Without Secrets: Privacy and Expectations in the United States

Date/Time: Tue, May 30, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm

A World Without Secrets

Wendy Willis leads a free discussion about privacy in America as part of the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project. Tuesday, May 30, 7-8:30pm.

In 2010, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg asserted that privacy is no longer a “social norm,” and yet Chief Justice John Roberts—writing for a unanimous Supreme Court—concluded last summer that the police must obtain a warrant to search individual cell phones because they “hold for many Americans the privacies of life.” How do our principles about privacy hold up in the world of corporate information gathering and government surveillance? What are the costs and benefits to living in a society where almost everything about us is discoverable and discussed?

This is the focus of “A World without Secrets: Privacy and Expectations in the Unites States,” a free conversation with Wendy Willis on Tuesday, May 30 at 7pm at the Lake Oswego Public Library. This program is hosted by the library and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Wendy Willis is a poet, essayist, and national leader in civic engagement and collaborative governance. She serves as executive director of Kitchen Table Democracy, a national nonprofit organization housed at Portland State University and devoted to improving democratic governance. Her first book of poems, Blood Sisters of the Republic, was published in 2012.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Fawn Dabrowiak at 503-675-3995.