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Pomona Student Union Presents Panel Discussion: "#Revolution: Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring and Social Media"

The Pomona Student Union will present a panel discussion about the use of social media, like Facebook and Twitter, to create real-world revolutions and movements, such as the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street protests. This discussion will be held on Wednesday, November 16 at 7 p.m. at Pomona College’s Rose Hills Theater (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). This event is free and open to the public.

The questions to be examined include: What role has social media really played in these revolutions? Has it changed the way these revolutions occur or how we experience them? How can we use social media for our own social justice?

The expert panelists will be David Parry, professor of emerging media and communications at University Texas, Dallas and blogger at, and Ramesh Srinivasan, professor of design and media/information technologies at UCLA. Parry studies the ways in which people communicate in the digital age and his research addresses how contemporary theory can help answer questions about how technologies, and language as technology, shape the act of reading. Srinivasan researches the development of information systems within communities and how an information system can engage and re-question the notion of diaspora and how ethnicity and culture function across distance.

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The Pomona Student Union was founded by students in 2003 to inspire open dialogue on campus through a series of challenging and intellectually diverse debates and events.