Barlow Lecture in the Humanities

A thought-provoking talk about the human experience

The John D. Barlow Lecture in the Humanities brings experts from around the world to IUPUI to discuss interesting and important topics in the humanities.

Held every other fall, the Lecture is free and open to the public.

2018 Lecture

23rd Annual Public Conversation with Zeynep Tufekci

Provocative and challenging discussion on the ways authority, technology, and civic society intersect. 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St.

3:30 - 5:00 pm

Zeynep Tufekci is a techno-sociologist who focuses on social movements and civics, privacy and surveillance, and social interactions. Tufekci’s latest book, Twitter and Tear Gas, thoughtfully examines both the positive and negative ways digital platforms support the work of social change. 

Increasingly, Tufekci is also seen as a leading expert on algorithmic decision-making. She has become an influential voice in pushing Facebook, Google, Twitter, and others to address the moral and political implications of their creations. (Think: Facebook and Cambridge Analytic.) Tufekci does not believe these platforms are neutral players and should be held accountable for the spread of false information. In a recent TedTalk she argues, "We need a digital economy where our data and our attention is not for sale to the highest bidding authoritarian or demagogue.”

First-come, first serve parking available in the White River State Park Garage. $5 reduced-fee parking vouchers will be provided.

RSVPs encouraged by Nov. 10. Limited seating. 


Presented by Spirit & Place, Indiana State Museum, Indiana Humanities, John D. Barlow Lecture in the Humanities - IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, IUPUI University Library, IUPUI Center for Service and Learning, IUPUI Office of Research and Administration, IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs, The Polis Center, Centric, and Kheprw Institute. 

Past Lectures

Previous Barlow Lectures have addressed topics like the humanities and democracy, how to create good and fair communities, the future history of the book, and reinventing Shakespeare for the twenty-first century.

About John Barlow

John Barlow was a faculty member and administrator at Indiana University for more than 30 years. He was among the founding faculty of IUPUI and the School of Liberal Arts, and later served the school as associate dean and dean. He is a professor emeritus of English and German, and he had appointments in philanthropic studies, women’s studies, and communication studies.

Colleagues, friends, family, and students of Barlow founded the Lecture to honor him when he retired.

Support the Barlow Lecture

Your gift helps us offer engaging discussions about the humanities.

Give to the Barlow Lecture