Growing Up Social
In collaboration with the Office of the Head of School and the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library (OWHL), the Tang Institute is delighted to support two events on campus with social media scholar and researcher danah boyd on Thursday, March 31, 2016. Last fall, the OWHL also shared danah’s book with parents of all incoming students.
Lunch with danah: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Phillips Academy students, faculty, staff, and guests are invited to meet with danah over lunch in the Mural Room, Paresky Commons, from noon to 1:30 p.m. for a conversation about social media’s role in daily experience. From Instagram to texting, Snapchat to video games, today’s youth are sharing their experiences in a mediated way, often confusing adults who may not understand what they are doing and why. danah will put mediated life into broader perspective, offering historical insights and deeper context for those who take these tools for granted. She will also answer questions that students might have about how technology fits into society as a whole.
An evening with danah: 7:30 p.m.
Faculty and staff, parents and local educators are invited to danah’s evening presentation in Tang Theatre, George Washington Hall, 7 Chapel Ave. In her talk, danah will explore some of the major questions raised by the networked world in which today’s youth live and help contextualize the reasons why youth do what they do. She will primarily talk about issues of privacy and meanness and cruelty in her remarks, but will be open to broader questions of youth practice. A Q&A will follow, along with a signing of her bestselling book It’s Complicated: the social lives of networked teens.