Join the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center for a series of lectures throughout this spring semester. The three events are open to faculty, students, and staff at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Depending on the lecture, recordings may be available after the event with links on this page.


The Alignment Problem: Machine Learning and Human Values
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2pm CST, Virtual
Guest Speaker: Brian Christian (Author & Lecturer)

Brian Christian is the author of The Most Human Human, which was named a Wall Street Journal bestseller, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and a New Yorker favorite book of the year. He is the author, with Tom Griffiths, of Algorithms to Live By, a #1 Audible bestseller, Amazon best science book of the year and MIT Technology Review best book of the year.

His third book, The Alignment Problem, has just been published in the US and is forthcoming in the UK and in translation in 2021.

Christian’s writing has been translated into nineteen languages, and has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Paris Review, and in scientific journals such as Cognitive Science. Christian has been featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Radiolab, and The Charlie Rose Show, and has lectured at Google, Facebook, Microsoft, the Santa Fe Institute, and the London School of Economics. His work has won several awards, including fellowships at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, publication in Best American Science & Nature Writing, and an award from the Academy of American Poets.




Farm Fresh Broadband: The Politics of Rural Connectivity
Friday, February 25, 12pm CST, Virtual
Guest Speaker: Christopher Ali (University of Virginia)

Dr. Christopher Ali is an Associate Professor in Department of Media Studies. He joined the Department in the fall of 2013 after completing his PhD at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include: communication policy and regulation, rural broadband, critical political economy, critical geography, comparative media systems, media localism, and local news. 
Christopher’s current research focuses on broadband policy and deployment in the United States, specifically in rural areas. His forthcoming book, Farm Fresh Broadband: The Politics of Rural Connectivity (MIT Press, 2021)examines the complicated terrain of rural broadband policy in the US. Farm Fresh unpacks the politics of broadband policy, asking why millions of rural Americans lack broadband access and why the federal government, and large providers, are not doing more to connect the unconnected.

Following Christopher Ali's talk Join the Rural Reconciliation Project and the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center for an in-person hour of coffee and conversation about Ali's latest book, "Farm Fresh Broadband: The Politics of Rural Connectivity."

12-1pm | Room 171 | University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law


Race and Privacy
Wednesday, April 13, 12pm CST, Virtual
Guest Speaker: Anita Allen (Penn Law)

Anita L. Allen is the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy. A graduate of Harvard Law School with a PhD from the University of Michigan in Philosophy, Allen is internationally renowned as an expert on philosophical dimensions of privacy and data protection law, ethics, bioethics, legal philosophy, women’s rights, and diversity in higher education. She was Penn’s Vice Provost for Faculty from 2013-2020, and chaired the Provost’s Arts Advisory Council.

Allen is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Law Institute and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2018-19 she served as President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association. From 2010 to 2017, Allen served on President Obama’s Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Allen has served on the faculty of the School of Criticism and Theory, for which she is an advisor. She served a two-year term as an Associate of the Johns Hopkins Humanities Center, 2016-2018. She has been a visiting Professor at Tel Aviv University, Waseda University, Villanova University, Harvard Law and Yale Law, and a Law and Public Affairs Fellow at Princeton.  She will visit the Government School at Oxford University in 2022, Fordham Law School in 2023,  and Oxford’s University College as the Hart Fellow in 2024, when she will also deliver the H.L.A. Hart Memorial Lecture.  She was awarded an honorary Doctorate from Tilburg University (Netherlands) in 2019 and from Wooster College in 2021. Allen was awarded the 2021 Philip L. Quinn Prize for service to philosophy and philosophers by the American Philosophical Association, and the 2022 Privacy Award of the Berkeley Law and Technology Center.