Dissonance U-M Speaker Series

Technology, law, privacy, and security are inextricably linked. Each area is intertwined with the way that government and commerce take place. This holds true for higher education, where these subjects underpin and enable how universities, including the University of Michigan, fulfill their teaching, learning, research, and clinical mission. The Dissonance event series explores these topics from a global and national perspective, and in doing so increases university-wide multidisciplinary discourse, and supports university initiatives related to data science.

The Dissonance event series is a collaboration of faculty, staff, and students from several supporting organizations across the university. If you would like to be informed of future Dissonance events, please add your name to our email list. You are also invited to suggest a topic or a speaker for future Dissonance events.

Upcoming Events

Discussion on the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Genetics and Newborn Screening

Monday, September 25, Michigan League, Vandenberg Room



Kayte Spector-Bagdady, J.D., M.B.E., Research Investigator, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan Medical School; Program in Research Ethics in the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM)

More details, including how to register, will be available soon.

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Discussion on Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

Wednesday, October 11

In this Dissonance pop-up, in partnership with the 2017 Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) Symposium, panelists will discuss the book, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, by Cathy O’Neil.

More details, including how to register, will be available soon.

Who Is Behind the Dissonance Speaker Series

Supporting Organizations

  • Bentley Historical Library
  • College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering And Computer Science Department (EECS)
  • College of Law
  • College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
  • U-M Information and Technology Services (ITS)
  • U-M Privacy and Technology Law Association

Dissonance Organizing Committee

  • Robert Axelrod, Walgreen Professor for the Study of Human Understanding, Department of Political Science, LSA; Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
  • Sol Bermann, University Privacy Officer, Information Assurance
  • David Grimm, Associate General Counsel, OGC
  • Alex Halderman, Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, EECS
  • Gautam Hans, Clinical Teaching Fellow, Law School
  • Peter Honeyman, Research Professor, EECS
  • John Cheney-Lippold, Assistant Professor, American Culture, LSA; Coordinator of the Digital Studies Minor and Digital Studies Program
  • Aprille McKay, Assistant Director for University Archives and Records Management, Bentley Historical Library (privacy and archival issues)
  • Tim McKay, Director of Honors Program, Professor of Physics, LSA
  • Florian Schaub, Assistant Professor, School of Information
  • Margo Schlanger, Professor of Law
  • Student Team
    • Tamy Guberek, PhD student, School or Information.
    • Nadiya Kostyuk, PhD student, Ford School
    • Matt Kretman, Masters student, Ford School
    • Allison McDonald, PhD student, Computer Science & Engineering, EECS
    • Benjamin VanderSloot, PhD student, EECS
    • Ritchie Wilson, Law student (Privacy Technology Law Association), School of Law

Past Members 

  • Tim Maurer, Visiting Scholar, Ford School (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

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