November 12, 2009, 530pm. McGill University Faculty Club ballroom (map)
This conversation event is in collaboration with the SSHRC Strategic Knowledge Cluster, "Situating Science: humanist and social studies of science"
Preston Manning served as a Canadian Member of Parliament from 1993 to 2001, and Leader of the Opposition from 1997 to 2000. He was also his party's critic for Science and Technology. He founded the Reform Party of Canada and the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance. He has also served as a Senior Fellow of the Canada West Foundation and as a Distinguished Visitor at the University of Calgary and University of Toronto. Mr. Manning is currently a Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute and President and CEO of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy, a national not-for-profit organization supporting research, educational, and communications initiatives designed to achieve a more democratic society in Canada guided by conservative principles. In 2007 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.
Darin Barney is Canada Research Chair in Technology & Citizenship and Associate Professor of Communication Studies at McGill University. He is the author of Communication Technology: The Canadian Democratic Audit (UBC 2005); The Network Society (Polity 2004); and Prometheus Wired: The Hope for Democracy in the Age of Network Technology (Chicago 2000) and One Nation Under Google: Citizenship in the Technological Republic (Hart House 2007). In 2003, he received the inaugural Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Aurora Prize for outstanding contribution to Canadian intellectual life by a new researcher, and has been named a “Leader of Tomorrow” by the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering. He has served on the Advisory Council of the Law Commission of Canada and, from 2005-2007, as Chair of the Department of Art History & Communication Studies at McGill.