Robert Glenn Howard (U. Wisconsin-Madison) Lecture

February 2, 2016
Monday, February 22, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
004 Scott Lab East
Robert Glenn Howard

The Fall of the Expert: Everyday Authority in a Network Age

Organized by the Center for Folklore Studies and co-sponsored by The Digital Media and Composition Institute (DMAC), The Department of Comparative Studies, and the Center for the Study of Religion

*Note that the location of this event has changed to Scott Lab East 004*

From doctors to ministers and from scientists to instructors of all subjects, experts and expertise have become less and less trusted by our networked society. With instant access to a huge volume of ideas, claims, and debates through our mobile devices, why not access “expert” information ourselves? From examples on YouTube about how to play guitar to gun forum debates about which firearms the US military should buy, everyday or “vernacular” authority is empowered by network technologies. But in an age where these corporate owned and controlled technologies sometimes magnify our individual expressions into aggregate voices even louder then that of institutions, who is being empowered over whom?

A student discussion with Professor Howard will be held prior to the lecture from 12-1:30pm in Denney Hall 447. RSVP for the discussion on evite, or by emailing Afsane at

Robert Glenn Howard is the Chair of Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies, Director of Digital Studies, and Professor of Rhetoric, Politics, and Culture in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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