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Whitworth Great Decisions series to feature April 9 lecture on digital privacy

March 31, 2015

Whitworth Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Erica Salkin will present the university’s next Great Decisions lecture on Thursday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. Salkin’s lecture “’I declare to Facebook that…’ and Other Digital Privacy Myths” will explore privacy issues in the digital world.

“Anyone who has a foot in the digital world, through work or personal use, has likely run into privacy concerns,” Salkin says. “It’s important to know how the courts look at the right to privacy in the social and online spheres. And it’s intriguing to see the language used to define what a reasonable expectation of privacy is in something with the word ‘social’ in its name.”

Salkin’s research focuses on student speech rights, First Amendment issues in the modern era, and cultural depiction of news.

Salkin’s presentation is the final lecture in Whitworth’s 57th Great Decisions Lecture Series. For the annual series, Whitworth faculty members select noted guest speakers to come to campus and address important socio-political issues taking place around the world.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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