Virtual Citizenship + New Technologies Symposium

Date and time

November 30, 2007, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

About this event

This symposium, featuring four presenters with expertise in the various aspects addressed, is a joint effort of Wayne State’s Center for the Study of Citizenship, Office for Teaching and Learning, Honors Program, and DeRoy Lecture series to study the intersection between new information technologies and the practice of citizenship.

The symposium will launch a broader research, teaching, and service project that can help us understand what citizenship means in the 21st century and can help our students, staff and faculty use emerging communication and information technologies to become better citizens. We seek to understand how the notions of community membership and the exercise of power are affected by newly pervasive technologies such as (but certainly not limited to) text-messaging, Facebook,, Second Life (as well as devices and applications that do not exist at present but that could be household names by next year or next week) and how these same technologies may be employed in the interests of social justice and civic engagement.


David Adamany Undergraduate Library
Wayne State University
5155 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202


  • Wendy Chun, Brown University
  • Russell Dalton, University of California - Irvine
  • Fred Stutzman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Vernor Vinge, author of Rainbows End

Presentations and notes


The Good Citizen by Russel Dalton

Imagined Networks by Wendy Chun

Social Networking Sites by Fred Stutzman

People Power in the Future by Vernor Vinge