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The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America
April 1 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Why and when did arguments about privacy become central to American public life? Our current debates about privacy first emerged more than a century ago, as developments in industry, state administration, journalism, and technology led many to question the shifting boundary between citizens and their society. Drawing from her new book, Sarah Igo will chart a path from concerns about “instantaneous photography” in the late nineteenth century all the way to our present dilemmas around social media and big data.
Sarah E. Igo (B.A., Harvard; Ph.D., Princeton) is Professor of History and Law and Director of American Studies at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of the award-winning The Averaged American: Surveys, Citizens, and the Making of a Mass Public, which was an Editor’s Choice selection of the New York Times and one of Slate’s Best Books of 2007. Her latest book, The Known Citizen, has been widely reviewed and was one of the Washington Post‘s “Notable Non-Fiction Books of 2018.”
The Washington History
Sarah Igo on The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America
All seminars take place at 4:00 p.m.
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Boardroom
Ronald Reagan Building, Federal Triangle Metro Stop