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Axworthy Distinguished Lecture – Edward Snowden

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 6:00 PM -
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 8:00 PM

Edward Snowden will join the CLASS Spring Insitute for a live conversation via web-link about mass surveillance and the role of universities as a critical public space for engaging the ethics of mass surveillance. His presentation is part of the Axworthy Distinguished Lecture Series on Social Justice and the Public Good.

Snowden is a former intelligence officer who served the CIA, NSA, and DIA for nearly a decade as a subject matter expert on technology and cybersecurity. In 2013, he revealed that the NSA was seizing the private records of billions of individuals who had not been suspected of any wrongdoing, resulting in the most significant reforms to US surveillance policy since 1978.

He has received awards for courage, integrity, and public service, and was named the top global thinker of 2013 by Foreign Policy magazine. Today, he works on methods of enforcing human rights through the application and development of new technologies. He joined the board of Freedom of the Press Foundation in February 2014.

There will be free seating available at the Axworthy Lecture, but space will be limited.

Alternatively, passes for the CLASS Spring Institute are available for purchase, which ensure access to all keynotes, including both Axworthy Lectures happening in May. To purchase a pass visit

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