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Wednesday, April 17 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Plenary I

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DPLAfest will kick off with an opening plenary featuring welcoming remarks by John Bracken and Brian Bannon, followed by a conversation between danah boyd, founder and president of Data & Society and Elaine Westbrooks, Vice Provost of University Libraries and University Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, moderated by Tracie D. Hall, Director of the Joyce Foundation's Culture Program.

Westbrooks will share how she is working to build community and culture while the campus, and indeed our nation, suffers from serious factionalization on many levels. boyd, one of the leading scholars in technology and social media, will explore her latest insights. Together, they will discuss the roles each of us can play in using digital platforms to build community.

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Tracie D. Hall

Director of the Culture Program, Joyce Foundation
Prior to her appointment as Director of the Joyce Foundation’s Culture Program, Tracie D. Hall served as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) for the City of Chicago where she oversaw the Arts and Creative Industries Division which... Read More →

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Brian Bannon

Commissioner & CEO, Chicago Public Library
Brian Bannon currently serves as Commissioner & CEO of the Chicago Public Library. Bannon was appointed to the position by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2012. Under Bannon’s leadership, CPL has been recognized as a top U.S. urban library and has won a number of awards and accolades, including... Read More →
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danah boyd

Founder and President, Data & Society
danah boyd is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, the founder and president of Data & Society, and a Visiting Professor at New York University. Her research is focused on addressing social and cultural inequities by understanding the relationship between technology... Read More →
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John Bracken

Executive Director, DPLA
John S. Bracken is the executive director of the Digital Public Library of America. He joined DPLA in December of 2017 after nearly two decades as a philanthropic investor in digital media, media policy and innovation. He most recently served as Vice President for Technology Innovation... Read More →
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Elaine Westbrooks

Vice Provost of University Libraries and University Librarian, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Since August 2017, Elaine L. Westbrooks has been the Vice Provost of University Libraries and University Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She is responsible for the leadership and general administration of the University Libraries.  The Library system... Read More →

Wednesday April 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am CDT
Pritzker Auditorium 400 S State Street, Chicago, IL 60605