Author Talk: Sarah Igo, “Invasions of Privacy: An American History”

book cover of the known citizen by sarah e igo

Author Talk: Sarah Igo, “Invasions of Privacy: An American History”

NEXT DATE: November 8, 2018  |  7 p.m.  |  Thursday
category: Academic Programs, Author Talks, Adult Programs  |  location: Library, Soda House

Privacy – and the threats to it – are everyday items in our news, and a worry to many in our digital age. Sarah Igo, a professor of history at Vanderbilt University, will explain how our concerns about privacy have a history stretching back to the late nineteenth century. Well before our digital age, Americans worried that phenomenon such as popular journalism, government record-keeping, police investigations, and private market research could endanger their privacy. Igo will provide a wide-angle sweeping history of debates over privacy, uncovering along the way how the debates over what should be kept out of the public eye have shaped U.S. politics and society. Igo’s talk is based on her 2018 book, The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America.

Author talks take place in the Hagley Soda House Auditorium starting promptly at 7:00 pm. RSVPs encouraged, walk-ins welcome.  Please RSVP to Carol Lockman, clockman@hagley.org, or 302-658-2400, ext. 243.

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