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Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture

Date: 3:00pm PDT September 18, 2015 Location: Gregg Pavilion

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    Safiya Noble, PhD.

Gregg Pavilion

“Google Searching for Black Girls: Old Media Stereotypes in New Media Practices” 

Safiya Umoja Noble, Ph.D, Assistant Professor in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies will present the Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture on Friday, September 18 at 3 p.m. in the Gregg Pavilion.

Critical information scholars continue to demonstrate how technology and its narratives are shaped by and infused with values, that is, that it is not the result of the actions of impartial, disembodied, unpositioned agents. Technology consists of a set of social practices, situated within the dynamics of race, gender, class, and politics. Critiques of technology include the rhetoric around the digital divide, as if access, skills and connectivity are the primary issues facing women and girls of color in the realms of the digital. These critiques, however, largely serve to depoliticize the ways that social systems of power are embedded in technology practices. This talk is based on a forthcoming book (NYU Press) about identity for sale in commercial search engines, where I look deeply at how Google mediates access to information on racialized and gendered identities in biased ways that reinforce oppressive social relations.

A reception will follow the lecture. For further information, please visit the Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture page.

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