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Center for Advanced Study
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 South Gregory Street, Urbana, Illinois
Feb 7, 2013   4:00 pm  
Todd Gitlin, Professor of Journalism and Sociology, Columbia University
Free and Open to the Public
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Social Media May Be Media but They Are Not a Society

The social movements that rattled the world in 2011-12, from Tunisia and Egypt to Athens and Madrid to New York's Occupy Wall Street and other occupations, revolted against ruling elites and established institutions. They used social media to create connections, but these connections need to spawn face-to-face assemblies and full-spectrum movements if these movements are to further the work of democracy.

Todd Gitlin, a former president of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), draws on his experience as activist and researcher to analyze social mobilization in our era of new and changing media.

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