Hacking the System

ruhaBenjaminPlaying the game or hacking the system: A talk and discussion on subverting systems of power

Speaker: Ruha Benjamin, Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Boston University. Author of “People’s Science: Bodies and rights on the stem cell frontier”

Time: Thursday April 17 5:30PM (reception to follow)

Location: 32-155

Eventbrite - GWAMIT Spring Empowerment Conference Closing Keynote - Ruha Benjamin

In this talk, I explore how gaming and hacking can serve as competing metaphors for engaging life more broadly. I suggest that while “playing the game” may benefit us as individuals in the short term, “hacking the system” is a long-term strategy for collective wellbeing. Drawing upon the metaphor of hacking, I encourage conference participants to use their positions working in systems of power to write new codes for collective well-being and program alternative futures characterized by greater equity and justice.




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