Expert on the Ethics and Culture of Hacking to Speak at Center for Ethics Inaugural Event on Sept. 19

Gabriella Coleman, author of “Coding Freedom: The Aesthetics and the Ethics of Hacking” will visit campus.

Author Gabriella Coleman, Ph.D., an expert on hackers and digital activism, will discuss The Ethics of Hacking on Thursday, Sept. 19 at the inaugural event of Manhattan College’s Center for Ethics. The Center for Ethics recently re-launched at the College, and has expanded its focus to further engage the College and local community on ethical issues.

“Gabriella Coleman’s visit to campus will serve to highlight and clarify current debates on the ethics of hacking and free and open source software,” said Mitchell Aboulafia, Ph.D., co-director of the Center for Ethics and chair of the philosophy department. “As our inaugural speaker, Professor Coleman will address an important and pressing issue, and set the stage for future events and academic discussions provided by the Center for Ethics.”

Coleman is the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University in Montreal. She is the author of Coding Freedom: The Aesthetics and the Ethics of Hacking, and is currently working on a new book on Anonymous and digital media.

She received a Ph.D. and an M.A. from the University of Chicago in socio-cultural anthropology and a B.A. in religious studies from Columbia University.

The Sept. 19 event will start at 7 p.m. in Smith Auditorium with a reception to follow and is open to the public. Please call (718) 862-7124 or email centerforethics@manhattan.edu with questions about the event.

The mission of Manhattan College’s Center for Ethics includes encouraging dialogue between theorists and practitioners, the Manhattan College community and surrounding communities, and addressing issues of social justice. It promotes engagement with the complexities of ethical life by drawing on the resources of Manhattan College and experts from the region. The Center is cross-disciplinary and enlists the expertise of people from various academic disciplines. For more information, visit the Center’s webpage.