• March 30, 2018
  • 7:30 pm
  • Herbst Theatre
    401 Van Ness Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94102
Add to Calendar 03/30/2018 7:30 pm 03/30/2018 America/Los_Angeles An Evening with Chelsea Manning An Evening with Chelsea Manning, On Artificial Intelligence, Consciousness, and Trans Identity Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Tickets $25 - $60

Pre-show Reception $40


Chelsea Manning worked as an intelligence analyst for the United States Department of Defense, where she publicly disclosed classified documents that revealed human rights abuses and corruption connected to the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Upon being sentenced to 35 years for leaking government documents, an unprecedented amount of time for whistleblowers, she publicly identified as a trans woman and asserted her legal rights to medical therapy. After serving 7 years in military prison, President Barack Obama commuted her sentence to time served. She was released in 2017.

Since her release, Chelsea has remained a vocal advocate for queer and transgender rights in addition to maintaining her extensive technological knowledge and interests, with particular focus on the growing concerns associated with the impacts of Artificial Intelligence on society. Join Chelsea Manning with author and CIIS professor Carolyn Cooke for a conversation exploring ethical questions presented by Artificial Intelligence and human consciousness, as well as transgender issues and identity.

Meet Chelsea Manning! For just $40, add a pre-Show Reception ticket to your order. Meet Chelsea from 5:45-6:45pm in the intimate CIIS gallery, located at 1453 Mission Street. Attendance very limited.

Chelsea E. Manning is a Washington DC based technologist and network security expert whose actions have shown the power of individuals to change the world through bravery, conscience, and determination. She speaks on the social, technological, and economic ramifications of Artificial Intelligence, and on the practical applications of machine learning. She is a vocal advocate for government transparency and queer and transgender rights as @xychelsea on Twitter and through her op-ed columns for The Guardian and The New York Times.

Carolyn Cooke

Carolyn Cooke (MFA, Columbia University, BA, Smith College) is the author of two collections of short fiction and a novel. Her most recent book, Amor and Psycho, was named one of the ten best books of 2013 by Publishers Weekly. Her novel, Daughters of the Revolution, was named one of the ten best books of 2011 by The San Francisco Chronicle and one of the Reviewers' Favorite novels of that year by The New Yorker Magazine. Her debut collection of fiction, The Bostons (Houghton Mifflin), was a winner of the 2002-2004 PEN/ Bingham Award, a finalist for the PEN/L.L. Winship Award, a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.

Her fiction has appeared in AGNI, Gargoyle, The Gettysburg Review, The Idaho Review, Mission at Tenth Inter-Arts Journal, New England Review, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, StoryQuarterly and in two volumes each of Best American Short Stories and The PEN/ O. Henry Prize Stories. Her nonfiction and reviews have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, Contemporary Literary Criticism and The Nation. A recipient of fellowships from Bread Loaf, the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, the Djerassi Foundation, Macdowell, Ucross Foundation, Virginia Studio Center and the Corporation of Yaddo, she directs the interdisciplinary MFA Programs at CIIS.

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