⚡ Announcing Reboot May Discussions

Events with Ken Liu, Anna Wiener, and Alex Kantrowitz

We’re excited to open registration for our May discussions! Check out the descriptions and click on the Eventbrite links to claim your spot.

  • All talks held on Zoom from 5-6pm PT

  • Preference to students and recent graduates (last 3 years)

  • Do not register for more than one discussion

When you register, you commit to attending the event. Please refund your ticket through Eventbrite if you can’t make it—we always have a waitlist and want to offer spots to those who can.

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May 7: Alex Kantrowitz, Always Day One

Alex Kantrowitz is a senior technology reporter at BuzzFeed with a background in ads, sales, and marketing. His debut book, Always Day One, describes how the fast-moving, high-pressure culture at Amazon, Facebook, Google, Apple, and Microsoft enables their continued dominance. If you’re interested in the business side of innovation, join us to discuss the importance of organizational culture and the role of the giants in shaping Silicon Valley’s future.

May 13: Anna Wiener, Uncanny Valley

Anna Wiener is a tech culture writer for The New Yorker by way of customer success at a San Francisco adtech company. Her memoir, Uncanny Valley, is a striking and insightful look at the surreal world of Silicon Valley startups: its mission-driven promise, aimless consumption, and desperation for power and meaning. In our discussion, we’ll chat about gender in STEM, corporate culture, and how to find a job without losing our identity.

Note: Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Uncanny Valley after the event.

May 14: Ken Liu, The Hidden Girl and Other Stories

Ken Liu is a programmer/lawyer and futurist/fiction author who has won the top honors in speculative fiction across the world. His latest book, The Hidden Girl and Other Stories, is a collection of his short fiction dealing with disembodied cognition, digital feudalism, surveillance technology, the Singularity, and post-humanism. In our discussion, he'll discuss the role of literature and storytelling in sustainable visions of the future.

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P.S. Curious what’s happening for the rest of May? Stay tuned to find out… 🤫

This discussion series is generously supported by the Ethics Event Grant from the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society. Any Stanford undergraduate interested in hosting an ethics-related event can apply for a small grant through this program.