Schmidt Lecture

The Schmidt Endowment was established by the Schmidt Family: Roberta Schmidt, William and Mary class of 1960, her husband Raymond Schmidt, and their son Douglas, who received his BA from William and Mary in 1984 and his MA in Sociology from William and Mary in 1986. Doug subsequently pursued computer science, and is now Associate Chair of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department in the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering.

The Schmidts are very interested in the impact of technology on individuals and society. With the endowment, the Sociology Department has established the annual Schmidt Lecture on Technology and Society. Each year, we bring to campus a professor who is conducting cutting-edge research in this area. The professor gives a public lecture, lectures in Sociology courses, and meets with Sociology faculty and students.

And here are the past Schmidt Lectures from beginning to date (there was no lecture in 2010)

  • 2016: Lynn Schofield Clark, University of Denver: "Moving Beyond 'Turn it Off:' The Problems, Possiblities, and Partnerships of Parenting in a Digital Age".
  • 2015: Kelly Gates, University of California at San Diego: "Cops and Computation: Police Narrative Authority in the New Media Landscape".
  • 2014: Stephanie Ricker Schulte, University of Arkansas: "Competing Visions of the Internet and Why They Matter" 
  • 2013: Noelle Chesley, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee: "A Nation of Technologically Tethered Workers? Technology Use and the Consequences of Work Intensification." {{youtube:medium:center|xRMouhUT6HE,2013 Schmidt Lecturer Noelle Chesley}}
  • 2012: Hector Postigo, Temple University: "The Digital Rights Movement: Free Culture Activism and the YouTube Generation"
  • 2011: Jennifer Earl, University of California at Santa Barbara: "Digital Protest: Activism in the Internet Age"
  • 2009: Keith Hampton, University of Pennsylvania: "New Technologies and the Structure of Community in Private, Public, and Parochial Spaces"
  • 2008: Zeynep Tufecki, University of Maryland Baltimore County: "On the Internet, Everyone Knows You're a Dog: Facebook, MySpace, and Life in the 21st-Century Village"
  • 2007: James Witte, Clemson University: "Beyond the Digital Divide: Sociological Perspectives on the Internet and Inequality"