Dissonance Event Series

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

Nate Wessler, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project

Monday, March 12, 2018, 12:00 p.m., at the U-M College of Law

A Dissonance event featuring Nate Wessler, staff attorney with the ACLU speaking about the ACLU's Project on Speech, Privacy, and Technology.

Chelsea Manning—A Conversation with Heather Dewey-Hagborg

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 5:10 p.m., at the Michigan Theater.

See Penny Stamps Speaker Series: Chelsea Manning—A Conversation with Heather Dewey-Hagborg for more details. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

Chelsea Manning speaks on the social, technological, and economic ramifications of Artificial Intelligence, and on the practical applications of machine learning. She is an advocate of queer and transgender rights and government transparency. During her time as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense, Manning publicly disclosed classifed documents that she felt revealed human rights abuses and corruption connected to the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during her deployment in Iraq in 2009. 

Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a bio-political artist and educator. In her creative collaboration with Chelsea Manning, Probably Chelsea (2017), Dewey-Hagborg received cheek swabs and hair clippings from Manning to create DNA-derived sculptural portraits. The work illustrates a multitude of ways in which DNA can be interpreted.

This event is a co-presentation with the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and Munger Graduate Residences, with additional support from the Rackham Graduate School, the Knight-Wallace Fellows, the Dissonance Event Series, and the International Institute’s Conflict and Peace Initiative.

Dissonance Event for April

Wed., April 4, 5:30 p.m., Michigan Union - Pendleton Room
The April Dissonance event will feature guests Cindy Cohn, Executive Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Alex Halderman, Professor of Computer Science, EECS, CoE, Director of the Center for Computer Security & Society

Most Recent Event


Held January 30, 2018

Recording: Videos of the Privacy@Michigan symposium are on the School of Information YouTube channel. 

Privacy@Michigan, hosted by the University of Michigan School of Information, brought together faculty, researchers, students and staff from different colleges, schools and units across campus and aims to spark ongoing, multidisciplinary conversations about privacy’s role in society—here at U-M and worldwide. The event featured two panel discussions, including one about privacy in a connected world and another on privacy and freedom.