Book Talk: Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology

Date: 
Wed, 10/28/2015 - 4:30pm to 7:30pm

Rackham Amphitheatre, 915 E. Washington

Kentaro Toyama, the W.K. Kellogg Professor of Community Information at UMSI, will discuss his new book Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology (Public Affairs Books). In his book, Toyama argues that to help people with technology, it's far better to teach them to become technology producers -- engineers, entrepreneurs, and corporate professionals -- than to treat them as consumers.

More information about the book can be found here.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Refreshments will be served.

About the speaker:

Kentaro Toyama is the W K Kellogg Professor of Community Information and an associate professor in the School of Information and a fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT.  Until 2010, Toyama was assistant managing director of Microsoft Research India, which he co-founded in 2005. At MSR India, he started the Technology for Emerging Markets research group, which conducts interdisciplinary research to understand how the world's poorest communities interact with electronic technology and to invent new ways for technology to support these communities.