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February 21, 2018, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

A Conversation with Chelsea Manning

Event Information

Moderated by Kevin Duong and Dean Rebecca Thomas

As an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense, Chelsea Manning disclosed classified documents to WikiLeaks that revealed human rights abuses and corruption connected to the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She was convicted and sentenced to 35 years in a military prison but released in 2017 after President Obama commuted her sentence. While in prison, Manning publicly identified as a trans woman and asserted her right to medical therapy. Now an advocate for government transparency and queer and transgender rights, Manning will speak about topics including artificial intelligence (AI) and resistance in the age of AI; activism and protest; transgender issues; and the intersection of technology and people’s lives.

This event includes an audience Q&A.

A collaboration between Bard’s Queer Student Association and the Hannah Arendt Center’s Tough Talks Lecture Series

Sponsored by Bard CCE, Bard Experimental Humanities, and The Draft.

Support by Human Rights Project, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Office for Gender Equity, Council for Inclusive Excellence, Global and International Studies, QPOC, Million Hoodies, LASO, BAB, Student Labor Dialogue, WXBC, and many others.

More info can be found at the Hannah Arendt Center website.