[Libs-Or] Sept. 18 Sherrer Lecture at Lewis & Clark

Elaine Hirsch elaineghirsch at lclark.edu
Fri Aug 28 11:21:12 PDT 2015

Dear Colleagues:

You are cordially invited to the 16th Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture
<http://library.lclark.edu/lib/sherrer.htm> at Lewis & Clark College on
Friday Sept. 18 at 3 PM at the Diane Gregg Pavilion.  The speaker this year
is Dr. Safiya Noble, Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Information
Studies at UCLA.  Her talk is abstracted below.

"Google Searching for Black Girls:  Old Media Stereotypes in New Media

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 and RSVPs to Michelle Pennock at
mpennock at lclark.edu are encouraged.  Directions, maps, and parking
information are available on the Lewis & Clark website
<http://www.lclark.edu/visit/>.  Please note this year's lecture will be
held in a different venue than in past years.

We hope you can join us!

Elaine Hirsch
Associate Director
Watzek Library
Lewis & Clark College
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