[Cyborg] FW: Speaker Request

Mitch Altman maltman23 at hotmail.com
Thu Jan 16 21:47:22 UTC 2014

Anyone interested in going to Saint Mary's College of California (in Moraga) to give a talk at a class on cyberhacktivism and hang out with students?  Looks like they can pay a little bit.
Please contact Prof Cathy Glenn if you are interested.  --  See below for more info.

Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:59:52 -0800
Subject: Speaker Request
From: cbg2 at stmarys-ca.edu
To: press at noisebridge.net

Greetings, Noisebridge:

I'm a prof at SMC, and I'm currently teaching a course (during January) about cyber issues. We've discussed cyborgs, cyberwar, cyberterrorism, cyberespionage, and cybercrime during our first two weeks. The students have engaged a whole lot of ideas from the security perspective.

The third week (next week) is dedicated to cyberhacktivism. We have a modest budget for a speaker, and I'd be delighted if someone from your organization could come out next week to engage with my students. We really need a strong voice advocating for the benefits of hacktivism in person.

We meet T/W/Th/F next week, from 2:45-5:20. We're way out in the boonies (Moraga), but we're willing to pay for transportation costs. We'll even feed you! 

Anyway, let me know if someone can come out. You can have any of those days and any time during our meeting time. I'll work around your schedule.

Hoping to hear from you soon! (I've pasted the course description below my signature, for your info.)

   Cathy B. Glenn, PhD

   Adj. Associate Professor, Department of Communication

   Director of Forensics, Macken Debate & Speech Team

   Saint Mary's College of California

   Office: Sichel 105J (Team meetings, Sichel 102)

   Office phone: 925.631.4347

   Office hours: Th 3-5, by arrangement, and electronically

   Team page: http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/forensics

Course Title: Cyborgs & CyberRevolutions: On Warfare, Culture, and Activism 
Instructor(s): Cathy B Glenn

Email: cbg2 at stmarys-ca.edu

Donna Haraway declares, “The cyborg is a 
condensed image of both imagination and material reality, the two joined
 centers structuring any possibility of historical transformation.” 
Although primarily a metaphorical device in Haraway’s work, the cyborg 
is now also an actual representation of the massive metamorphosis 
technology is generating in nearly every sphere of human existence. 
Stanford has developed living biological computers inside the human 
body, and 3-D print technology can reproduce human organs. The 
implications of a major cyberconflict have been compared to nuclear war,
 and NATO has proposed an exception to the Geneva Convention to target 
civilians who engage in cyberattacks during wartime.  Cyberbullies, 
cyberstalkers, and cybercelebrities litter the virtual cultural 
landscape. And, groups like Anonymous, CyberBunker, and Spamhaus have 
changed the face of activism in the twenty-first century.

 literature, film, art, popular culture, and critical theory, a focus on
 four sectors of radical change will structure the course: (1) 
human-technology fusions; (2) technological war, terrorism, and 
espionage; (3) hacking, doxxing, and cyberpunking as activism; and, (4) social technologies that blur public and private. We’ll test our 
imaginations alongside our actualities to challenge how we think about 
and interface with these areas of ongoing transformation. By grappling 
with ethical, legal, and social aspects of these metamorphoses, we can 
begin to understand how it is possible to take responsibility for the 
social relations of science and technology without adopting an 
anti-science metaphysics or demonizing technology. We’ll also contend 
with how these changes constitute our identities and transgress 
natural-synthetic boundaries.

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