MCC is pleased to announce that Stanford Professor Fred Turner will lead a special graduate seminar entitled Cybernetics and Its Histories later this month. The course will begin with Norbert Wiener's coining of the term in 1948, offering a look at the cold war history of cybernetics and tracing its evolution into contemporary technoculture. Turner will deliver the LeBoff Public Lecture "The Democratic Surround: Management by Media from the Cold War to Facebook" at NYU on March 31.
The LeBoff Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program is made possible through the generous support of Phyllis and Gerald LeBoff.
Fred Turner is the Harry and Norman Chandler Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Stanford University. He is the author of three books: The Democratic Surround: Multimedia and American Liberalism from World War II to the Psychedelic Sixties (University of Chicago Press, 2013); From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism (University of Chicago Press, 2006); and Echoes of Combat: The Vietnam War in American Memory (Anchor/Doubleday, 1996; 2nd ed., University of Minnesota Press, 2001). Before coming to Stanford, he taught Communication at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He also worked for ten years as a journalist.