Meet the Author Tea: Zeynep Tufekci

Post Date:09/13/2017 1:00 PM

UPDATE: Due to a scheduling conflict, the date for this program has changed. It will be held on Friday, Sept. 22.

The Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library are pleased to present Zeynep Tufekci at the Meet the Author Tea on Friday, Sept. 22 in Meeting Room B at the Library. The event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m., and the program will run from 4 to 5 p.m. She will be discussing her new book, Twitter and Tear Gas; The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest.

Zeynep Tufekci is an associate professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science with an affiliate appointment in the Department of Sociology. She is also a faculty associate at the Harvard Beckman Center for Internet and Society.  She writes for the general public as well as for the scholarly community.  Her book is a “big picture” look at social movements in a time of great social upheaval.  It includes many anecdotes to catch and hold the reader’s attention and important arguments to help them understand world events today. 

She speaks from direct experience, combining on-the-ground interviews with insightful analysis. She describes how the internet helped the Zapatista uprisings in Mexico, the necessity of remote Twitter users to organize medical supplies during Arab Spring, the refusal to use bullhorns in the Occupy Movement that started in New York, and the empowering effect of tear gas in Istanbul’s Gezi Park. These details from life inside social movements complete a moving investigation of authority, technology, and culture—and offer essential insights into the future of governance.


Who:       Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library

What:      Meet the Author Tea:  Zeynep Tufekci

Where:    Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Room B

When:  Friday, Sept. 22…..3:30 p.m. Refreshments   4-5 p.m. Program

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