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18th Annual URI Diversity Week

Monday, September 29 — Friday, October 3, 2014

Join us for URI’s 18th Annual Diversity Week. Diversity Week celebrates the rich backgrounds and cultures that our students, staff and faculty bring to our campus community, while also challenging us to explore the sharp edges of diversity issues. Through a full schedule of interactive workshops, films, lectures, and creative exercises led by faculty, staff, administrators, students and friends, Diversity Week highlights the importance of diversity and identity in higher education, the workplace, the community and the global arena.

Sponsored by the URI Multicultural Center, Lifespan, the College of Pharmacy, and the URI Office of Community, Equity and Diversity

Diversity Week keynote speaker Heidi Boghosian

2014 URI Diversity Week Keynote Lecturer

Heidi Boghosian, JD

We are pleased to welcome 2014 keynote speaker Heidi Boghosian, author of Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power and Public Resistance. Her keynote, “Surveillance or Self Determination: Can Democracy Exist in the Age of Google, Comcast, and the NSA?” will be Tuesday, September 30 at 7:30 pm in Edwards Auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public.

In Spying on Democracy, Boghosian documents the disturbing increase in surveillance of ordinary citizens and the danger it poses to our privacy, our civil liberties, and to the future of democracy itself. She discusses how technology is being used to categorize and monitor people based on their associations, their movements, their purchases, their health histories, and their political beliefs. She shows how corporations and government agencies mine data from sources as varied as surveillance cameras and unmanned drones to iris scans and medical records and medical records, while combing websites, email, phone records and social media for resale to third parties, including U.S. intelligence agencies.

Boghosian is the executive director of the A.J. Muste Memorial Institute. She is the co‐host of the weekly civil liberties radio show Law and Disorder on Pacifica’s WBAI in New York and over 40 national affiliates. She received her JD from Temple Law School and served as the editor‐in‐chief of the Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review. She also holds an MS from Boston University and a BA from Brown University.

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