Social Justice in the Information Society Speaker Series

Marywood University and The University of Scranton are jointly hosting a speaker series that will delve into contemporary issues that surround our internet society. Social Justice in the Information Society is a four part speaker series that will give faculty, staff, students, and community members the benefit of participating in a forum with a highly respected scholar doing critical work in the interdisciplinary field of information science.

The speakers will videoconference into the forum and a local scholar will facilitate the event. Following the presentation, the guest lecturer and facilitator will participate in a Q & A period so the audience can interact with the material and the lecturer. These events will be free and open to the public and a dessert reception will follow. Please consider joining us for both sessions.

BritzThe Ethics of Information Access
November 4, 2014
, 7:00 p.m.
Marywood University
Swartz Center, Conference Room B.

Dr. Johannes Britz, Provost & Vice Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will discuss the implications of, and raise awareness to, the social, political, economic, technological, and ethical issues surrounding access to information.

This event will be facilitated by Dr. Aaron Simmons, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Marywood University




Privacy, Security, and Government Surveillance
Wikileaks, Big Data and the “New Accountability”
November 10, 2014
, 7:00 p.m.
The University of Scranton
Moskovitz Theater, The DeNaples Center

Dr. Adam D. Moore, Associate Professor of the Information School & Philosophy Department at the University of Washington argues that accessing and sharing sensitive information is morally suspect and that we simply do not owe each other the level of information access promised by “big data” or Wikileaks. The “Just Trust Us,’ “Nothing to Hide,” and “Consent” arguments will be presented and critiqued.

This event will be facilitated by Dr. Michael Jenkins, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Scranton.

The last two speakers in the series will be scheduled in the spring semester.

This speaker series has been funded by the Marywood University/ University of Scranton Cooperative Grant. For more information email or