The Franklin Lecture with Dr. Charlton McIlwain

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The Franklin Lecture with Dr. Charlton McIlwain

The Franklin Lecture returns with Dr Charlton McIlwain's talk Black Software: Retrospect to Prospect. Book signing and reception to follow.

By The Centre for Culture and Technology (UofT)

When and where

Date and time

Tue, Apr 4, 2023 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT


Innis Town Hall Theatre 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON M5S 1J5 Canada

About this event

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

Doors open at 6:30 pm

Lecture begins at 7:00 pm

Black Software showcases computing technology's origin story amidst the turbulent racial confrontations of the 1960s, connecting it to the rise of the Black internet who helped to birth the Internet as we know it through the late 1980s and 1990s.

With The Franklin Lecture, Dr. McIlwain provides an opportunity to bring together the most significant takeaways from the book and arguments never presented in the book—but nevertheless connect computing technology's past with the prospect of our future will and ability to make technology work in the service of racial equity and opportunity.

Book signing and reception to follow.

6:30 - 7:00 pm: Copies of Dr. McIlwain's book, Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter (2019) will be available for sale on site through A Different Booklist.

About Dr. McIlwain

Dr. McIlwain is a Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and President of the Board of Directors at Data & Society. His scholarly work focuses on the intersections of race, digital media, and racial justice activism. He is the founder of the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies. In addition to Black Software, he also co-authored the award-winning book, Race Appeal: How Political Candidates Invoke Race In U.S. Political Campaigns.

About the Franklin Lecture

The Franklin Lecture is held each year at Innis College's Town Hall in honour of the enduring legacy of Ursula Franklin. In 1984 she became the first woman to be honoured with the title of “University Professor” by the University of Toronto. Dr. Franklin continues to be known for both her significant scientific achievements and her contributions to the humanities and community justice.

The Franklin Lecture features invited scholars who bring the critical study of science, media, and politics to bear in their visions of new political futures.

The Franklin Lecture is a collaborative venture between several UofT entities:

  • Innis College's Writing & Rhetoric Program
  • OISE Department of Social Justice Education
  • the Centre for Culture and Technology
  • Knowledge Media Design Institute
  • the Centre for the Study of the United States
  • the Black Research Network.

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