2008 Sidore Series Explores Activism for the 21st Century

September 15th, 2008 by Adam

Politicians are increasingly exploiting technology as they seek voters in every nook and corner. Complex databases and corporate sorting tactics now identify voters, campaigns tap online fan sites for TV shows, gaming sites, even pornography sites—while citizens develop new tools to track their politicians, and each other.

Professor Zephyr Teachout will discuss some of the not so pie-in-the-sky fantasy political tools of the near future at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept.29, as the first lecturer in the 2008 Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University.

In the 20th century, activism was manifested in many ways as people from all continents struggled for political and personal freedoms. The Sidore Committee recognizes that these efforts continue today, sometimes altering in form, approach and focus, without losing the yearning for deeper and more meaningful change. This year the Saul O Sidore Lecture Series will consider what activism might be in the 21st century.

Teachout, visiting assistant professor of law at Duke Law School, is an internationally recognized expert on the impact of the Internet on electoral politics and government.

She was director of Internet organizing for Dean for America and co-authored authored Mousepads, Shoe Leather, and Hope: Lessons from the Howard Dean Campaign for the Future of Internet Politics.

Teachout holds a JD from Duke Law School, an MA in political science from Duke University, and a BA in English from Yale University. In 2005 she was a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. Teachout also served as the National Director of the Sunlight Foundation in Washington, D.C., developing new tools for making Congressional information more accessible to citizens.

In addition, Teachout was a co-founder and executive director of the Fair Trial Initiative in Durham, N.C., where she also served as a staff attorney at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation.

Her efforts have been featured on NPR and CNN, and in The Washington Examiner, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, PC World and The New York Times.

Professor Teachout will speak in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.
Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS.

The Saul O Sidore Lecture series was established at Plymouth State in 1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the University each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time. Series information can be found online at www.plymouth.edu/sidore.

For general information about events at PSU, log on to ThisWeek@PSU at thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

[ED. NOTE: the omission of the period after the middle initial in the Sidore name is not an error. PSU adheres to the wishes of the family in presenting the name in this format.]

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