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Rewarding Disobedience: A Talk by Ethan Zuckerman

  • Framingham State University, McCarthy Center Forum 100 State Street Framingham, MA, 01702 United States (map)

As the chair of the Center for Civic Media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ethan Zuckerman helped create the MIT Media Lab’s Disobedience Award, a $250,000 cash prize awarded to a living person or group who has had a positive influence on society through ethical disobedience.

The Disobedience Award acknowledges the role that rebels, free thinkers, innovators, and disrupters play in all aspects of society. The 2017 winners of the Disobedience Award, for example, are the two scientists—Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Professor Marc Edwards—who first discovered the link between high lead levels in children in Flint, Michigan and the city’s water supply. By rewarding the risks these two scientists-turned-activists took by publishing their findings, the organizers of the Disobedience Award acknowledge the importance of bold ideas.

The Disobedience Award is designed to reward individuals and groups who break established rules, speak truth to power, and envision the unimaginable. As one of the visionaries behind the Award, Ethan Zuckerman will speak to the importance of ethical, creative, and productive disruption.

Parking is available in the large parking lots on Salem End Road and Maple Street.  A parking lot shuttle bus operates every 10-15 minutes from the Maple Street lot and can transport you to the shuttle stop on campus.  The driver can point you in the direction of the McCarthy Center.  Here is a link to the campus map:

Earlier Event: February 7
Executive Committee Meeting