The Center for the Humanities presents an upcoming panel on WikiLeaks at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery on February 10 at 5:30. Join Anne McClintock (English), Lew Friedland (Journalism and Mass Communication), and Rob Glenn Howard (Comm Arts) as they debate the tangled but fascinating skeins of WikiLeaks: what governments choose to reveal and why; whether Julian Assange (as a media personality) has eclipsed the impact of the secret information he’s released; why Private Bradley Manning is being held without trial in solitary confinement at Quantico; how WikiLeaks is changing the way institutions manage information in the networked age; and much more.
Anne McClintock writes about military cover-ups and national paranoia. Lew Friedland considers journalistic responsibility, and whether non-state actors gathering and caching secrets, and leaking them according to their own logic and purposes, can undermine efforts towards the peaceful resolution of disputes. Rob Glenn Howard is an expert on the vernacular dispersed authority of the Internet. Steve Paulson, executive producer of Wisconsin Public Radio’s To the Best of Our Knowledge, will moderate the panel.