Amherst Today Program


Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 24

8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Early Registration
Check in and pick up registration packets
Smith House, 22 Hitchcock Road
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Visit Open Classes
A list of these classes will be provided in your registration packet.
Various locations
11 a.m - 2 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
Meal tickets are provided in registration packets.
Valentine Dining Hall
3:30 - 4 p.m. Registration
Check in and pick up registration packets
Lobby, Fayerweather Hall
4 - 5:30 p.m. Welcome and Opening Session
What's Become of Privacy? Old Values, New Realities
Austin Sarat, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, considers what we mean when we talk about privacy and what values privacy denotes. Is privacy simply a negative guarantee or does it name anything affirmative? If privacy is the "right to be let alone" what happens to it in an era in which we willingly disclose so much about ourselves? Do claims of privacy come at too high a cost in a world of threat and danger? By considering some of the traditional values associated with privacy we may be in a better position to assess its continuing meaning in today's world.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
6 - 7 p.m. Opening Reception
Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons Foyer
7 - 8:30 p.m. Dinner
Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons
8:30 p.m. The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen)
The feature film debut of filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, The Lives of Others portrays the monitoring of East Berlin by agents of the Stasi, the GDR's secret police. Released in 2006, it won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Run time: 2 hours, 17 minutes.
Keefe Campus Center Theatre, Basement Level, Keefe Campus Center

Friday, April 25

7:30 - 9 a.m. Breakfast (on your own)
Meal tickets are provided in registration packets
Valentine Dining Hall
9:15 - 9:45 a.m. What You Don't Know - But They Do - May be Hurting You
Nicole Ozer '97, director of the Technology and Civil Liberties Project at the ACLU of Northern California, manages the organization's work on new technology, privacy, and free speech. Digital privacy has been the hot topic this year, but what's really going on in the courts, Congress, and with companies? And what does everything from Apple to Axciom and Snowden to Snapchat have to do with it? She will give you a behind-the-scenes look at what's really happening and what's at stake.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
9:45 - 10:15 a.m. In Defense of Defense
Marcy Wheeler '90, provides award-winning,  widely-recognized coverage of civil liberties and national security at her own site, and new media venture The Intercept. She will explain the competing interests behind efforts to fight identity theft and other cyberattacks, and the impact they have on both national security and personal privacy.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Finding the Balance
Martha Umphrey, professor and chair of the department of law, jurisprudence and social thought, will ask Marcy Wheeler '90 and Nicole Ozer '97 to respond to some key questions around finding a balance, both technologically and socially, between security and privacy concerns, and about the way new technologies both enable and disable democratic practices. There will also be time for group questions and discussion.
Pruyne Lecture Hall,Fayerweather Hall
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. This is How It's Done
Dan Burnett '14, who is writing his senior thesis on data privacy issues online, will give a hands-on demonstration on the way that social media sites aggregate meta-data and leverage this information to create comprehensive user profiles for third-party advertisers.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
Meal tickets are provided in registration packets
Valentine Dining Hall
1:45 - 2:30 p.m. Transparent Architecture: Charles Fourier and Utopian Self-Surveillance
Ever since the publication in 1975 of Michel Foucault's Discipline and Punish, much critical attention has focused on the way governments spy on their citizens. Historians, sociologists and political scientists have explored the power dynamics inherent in this dystopic model of vision. By analyzing the ideal community imagined by the French utopian philosopher Charles Fourier (1772-1837), Laure Katsaros, associate professor and chair of French, proposes to look at surveillance from the opposite direction. She will ask what happens when privacy is surrendered voluntarily, and when surveillance, instead of being denounced, is embraced as a prerequisite for social justice and collective harmony by those one would expect to resist it the most -- namely, dreamers and revolutionaries on the avant-garde.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Privacy, Equality and Constitutional Interpretation
Even as personal and informational privacy seems to be evaporating today, over the past 50 years the constitutional right to privacy has expanded in ways that suggest no clear limit. Martha Umphrey, professor and chair of the department of law, jurisprudence and social thought, will trace the history and present scope of the constitutional right to privacy (particularly in relation to reproduction and sexuality) and its evolving interaction with the jurisprudence of equality. How far should such a right extend, and on what basis might we make decisions about its limits?
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall>
4 p.m. Closing Reception