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Social Media Expert Deanna Zandt To Speak At Northwestern

Zandt to discuss promises and perils of digital activism during three events

EVANSTON, Ill.  --- Award-winning media technologist and social media specialist Deanna Zandt, co-founder and partner at Lux Digital and author of “Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking,” will speak on Northwestern University’s Evanston and Chicago campuses.

Zandt’s keynote talk, “Sharing is Daring, Your Voice Making Change, Online and Off,” is part of the Northwestern Women’s Center’s yearlong Power and Privilege: A Call to Action Series. She will discuss the impact people are making and the challenges they face by connecting and sharing information related to everything from campaigns to end violence and hate speech against women to movements demanding racial equity through social media.

A consultant to key media and advocacy organizations, Zandt is a leading expert in women and technology. A frequent guest on CNN International, BBC Radio and Fox News, she has advised the White House on digital strategy and public engagement. In 2012, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America awarded Zandt their first-ever social media Maggie Award for Media Excellence for her work on the Planned Parenthood Saved Me Tumblr blog during the Susan G. Komen crisis. Visit Deanna Zandt for more information.

Zandt’s Jan. 22 evening presentation is free and open to the general public. RSVPs are required for the lunchtime events. Visit the Women's Center to respond.

Chicago campus

•  Zandt’s 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, lunchtime keynote talk will take place at Wieboldt Hall, Room 249, 339 E. Chicago Ave., on the Chicago campus.

Evanston campus

• Zandt’s 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, keynote address is free and open to the general public. It will take place in McCormick Tribune Auditorium, Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, on the Evanston campus.

Hilton Garden Inn

• Zandt’s 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, luncheon keynote will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn at 1818 Maple Ave., in downtown Evanston.

The Power and Privilege Series is sponsored by the Office of the President; the Office of the Provost; Vice President for Student Affairs; Kellogg School of Management’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion; McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications; Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion; The Graduate School; Counseling and Psychological Services; LGBT Resource Center; Campus Inclusion and Community; the Center for Global Engagement and the Women’s Center.

For more information, contact Alecia Wartowski, director of programs at the Women’s Center, at (312) 503-3401 or

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