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  • “Students Tackle Big Questions of Online Privacy Rights.” 
    Creighton University News. May 20, 2023

    “Creighton Prof To Talk Digital Literary At SXSW EDU.” 
    Omaha Daily Record.  February 18, 2022

    “NCU Technology Students Impacting Nation.’ 
    AG News.  December 12, 2021  

    "Regulating Artificial Intelligence - Is Global Consensus Possible?
    Forbes. Sep 9, 2022


    Why Isn’t There Social Media Forgiveness?”  
    NBC KARE-11 Breaking the News. 
    Minneapolis:  13 September 2018

    “How To Protect Your Personal Info on Facebook.” 
    NBC KARE-11.  Breaking the News.

    Minneapolis:  21 March 2018 

    Digital Ethics and the Institute for Digital Humanity.” 
    Human Lawyer.  December 2021
    w/ Shea Sullivan and Aaron McKain


  • Fear and Loathing in the New Media Era : How to Realign our Rhetorical Judgments
    for the Post-Postmodern, Digital Media Age

    Ohio State University, 2012.

    “Audience 3.0: A New Rhetorical Ethics (and Aesthetics) for a Post-Remix Era.”

    Rhetoric Society of America.

    Philadelphia, PA. May 2012


    “The Gentle Art of Accepting Enemies: New Media and the Rhetorical Aesthetics of Audience Exclusion.”

    The International Society for the Study of Narrative.

    St. Louis, MO. April 2011


    “Playing Out Remix,”

    Conference on College Composition and Communication.

    Louisville, KY. March 2010

    “End the Gaffe (And How Narrative Theory Let’s Us Do It).”

    The International Society for the Study of Narrative.

    Birmingham, UK. June 2009


    “I’m Not There Anymore: The Return of Identity in the Post-Remix Age.”

    Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition.

    Louisville, KY. October 2008


    “Ethos in a Remediated Age: Context, Character, and Community.”

    Rhetoric Society of America.

    Seattle, WA. May 2008

    “Privacy 3.0: Using Narrative Theory to Navigate Legal, Corporate, and Community Debates on Algorithmic Ethics.”

    Data, Law, and AI Ethics Research Colloquium. Washington and Lee School of Law.

    With Thomas Freeman.  Lexington, VA.  April 2019

    “I Want to Party With You Cowboy: Stephen Colbert and Campaign 2016’s Aesthetic Logic of Truthiness.” 
    The Joke is On Us: Political Comedy in (Late) Neoliberal Times. Julie Watson, Ed.  Lexington Press, 2019
    With Thomas Lawson

    “Why Digital Rights Is The New Civil Rights Movement.” 

    North Carolina A & T State University.

    Greensboro, NC: May 2018

    “What Norm MacDonald and Narrative Theory Can Teach Us About Social Media Privacy Big Data Reasoning.”

    Hamline University.

    Saint Paul, MN.  April 2017

    (In conjunction w/ exhibition for World Press Freedom Day.)

    “Using the Lens of Narrative Theory to Rethink Digital Ethics." 

    International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference. 

    With Marci Exted and Thomas Freeman.  October 2022

    Winner: Primeaux Best Paper Award.  (Runner-Up.)


    “Privacy 3.0: Using Narrative Theory to Reframe Health Data Sanctity.”  

    Inaugural Transatlantic Dialogue on Humanity and AI Regulation.

    Hosted by HEC Paris.  Paris, France.  May 2022

    “Privacy 3.0: Using Narrative Theory to Forgive, Forget, and Re-Program Digital Dignity.” 

    Data, Law, and AI Ethics Research Colloquium.

    With Thomas Freeman.  Organizers: Indiana University, Virginia Tech,

    and University of Pennsylvania.  Online.  April 2022 

    “Privacy 3.0: Forgiveness and Student Data After Mahoney.”

    International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference: DePaul University. 

    With Thomas Freeman, Simon Truatman, and Amanda Aherns.  Chicago, IL: October 2021

    “Digital Ethics: What’s Next?”

    OSTROM Workshop.  Indiana University School of Business. 

    With Julius Hernandez and Shea Sullivan. Bloomington, IN: February 2021

    As Technology Evolves, So Will the Law, and So Must Attorneys
    Nebraska Lawyer. July/August 2019
    w/ Thomas Freeman 

    Principles of Digital Law and Ethics
    CPI TechREG Chronicle.
     Special Issue on Machine Learning. Feb 2023
    w/ Thomas Freeman, Samson Hall

    "A Primer on Digital and Data Science Ethics.
    Nebraska Lawyer.  Sept/Oct 2022
    w/ Thomas Freeman, Samson Hall

  • “Plugging In: Race, Technology, and Surveillance Workshop for Advocates and Educators.”

    Northeast Sculpture Gallery: Minneapolis, MN.  October 2021 

    With ACLU MN, Safety Not Surveillance, Reclaim the Block, Councilman Simon Trautmann (Richfield, MN), and Councilman Steve Fletcher (Minneapolis, MN).

    “Digital Rights Are Civil Rights: Race and Technology.”

    Juried International Art Exhibition and Community Education Event

    Minneapolis MN and Online: February 2021

    With the Institute for Digital Humanity, Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy, ACLU MN, Native Youth Arts Collective, and Councilman Steve Fletcher. 


    International Juried Art Exhibition and Civic Forum

    Minneapolis, MN and Online: May 2020

    With the Institute for Digital Humanity and Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy. 

    “World Press Freedom Day: What Do You Have to Say,”

    Student Art Installation on Free Speech

    Hamline University.  Saint Paul, MN.  April 2017



    Student Art Installation on Digital Ethics

    Hamline University. Saint Paul, MN. December 2016

"Cambridge Analytica

 and Digital Privacy"


Minneapolis, MN

All Bullets Shatter:
Crime and Trauma

Living Art Exhibition and Public Forum
Minneapolis, MN and Online.  May 2022.

In partnership with:

Guns Down, Love Up  I Protect MN
Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives
Urban Educators I North Suburban Center for the Arts I  MN  Second Change Coalition  
and Faculty from Ohio State, Georgia State, Portland State, and Pittsburg Univ.

Plugging In:
Tech & Surveillance

Art and Community Education Event
Minneapolis, MN and Online.  October 2021.

In partnership with: 

ACLU Minnesota I Reclaim the Block
The Institute for Digital Humanity

Safety Not Surveillance  I  Post ME
Tulane Valley Creates (Portland, OR)

Councilman Simon Troutman (Richfield, MN)

Councilman Steve Fletcher (Minneapolis, MN)

Digital Rights are Civil Rights: Race and Tech

International juried art exhibition and civic forum.
Minneapolis, MN and online.  February 2021.

The murder of George Floyd made it clear to the world that systemic racism is a life or death issue for people of color in our country.  This issue has only become more pressing in light of recent technological developments:  racist facial recognition software; predictive policing programs that target minorities;  and discriminatory algorithms (in employment, healthcare, education, and criminal justice) that violate our privacy, threaten free speech, and replace human judgment with encoded systemic inequity.

Thank you to our partners;

ACLU MN; Native Youth Arts Collective; North Central University; the Institute for Digital Humanity; the POSTME Coalition; and City Councilman Steve Fletcher.