Spring Symposium - Social Media: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Join us for our popular symposium—a one-day “learning oasis” with three outstanding professors. Each speaker will give a 90-minute presentation on a different facet of the central theme. Continental breakfast and a catered lunch are included.

About the Course

Join us this February for our popular symposium—a one-day “learning oasis”. ... See more style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Times New Roman',serif;">The curriculum features three outstanding professors. Each speaker will give a 90-minute presentation on a different facet of the central theme—social media. Our symposium also includes continental breakfast and a catered lunch. Join us for this wonderful day of learning!

 

8:45 a.m.                                 Doors open

8:45–9:10 a.m.                        Check-in and continental breakfast

9:10–9:15 a.m.                        Welcome and brief orientation

9:15–10:45 a.m.                      Bigger, Faster, Better: The Personal and Cultural Benefits of Social Technologies

10:45–10:55 a.m.                    Break

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.                 Cybersecurity 101

12:30–1:25 p.m.                      Catered lunch
1:30–3 p.m.                             Politics and Social Movements

 

Here are summaries of the presentations you will hear:

 

Bigger, Faster, Better: The Personal and Cultural Benefits of Social Technologies

 

Passing notes in class. Conversations with neighbors on the sidewalk. A postcard from a friend in a far-off place. Before the mid-1990s, these were all considered social media. Now we think of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and more when we hear the term. But, has anything really changed? Social technologies have been blamed for many negatives in our culture, but the positives that they provide far outweigh the negatives. The ability to connect to and learn from people all over the globe, to share an experience in real time, or to share one’s own expertise or enthusiasm at a scale and speed never before possible make social media technologies powerful tools for personal and cultural good.

 

Cybersecurity 101

Enhancing cybersecurity is a critical issue affecting the competitiveness of firms and the security of governments.  Increasingly policymakers are fashioning regulatory schemes around the world that promise to shape not only the day-to-day realities of operating information systems, but also cyberspace itself.  This session takes an interdisciplinary, global approach to introduce students to cybersecurity risk management. 

Politics and Social Movements

In this session, Dr. Rojas will discuss his book, Party in the Street: The Antiwar Movement and the Democratic Party after 9/11. The talk will focus on how social movements are influenced by political parties and elections. Specifically, we’ll talk about how the movement against the Iraq War collapsed after the elections of 2006 and 2008.



Course At-A-Glance

Fee:  $85.00
  Must be 18 or older
  Includes continental breakfast
  Includes Lunch
  Includes Parking

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