[PAST EVENT] Democracy Under Surveillance: A Conversation With Edward Snowden

April 18, 2017
3pm - 4pm
Sadler Center, Commonwealth Auditorium
200 Stadium Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location

Mr. Edward Snowden is an American computer professional, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee, and former contractor for the United States government who copied and leaked classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013 without authorization. His disclosures revealed numerous global surveillance programs, many run by the NSA and the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments. Snowden came to international attention after stories based on the material appeared in The Guardian and The Washington Post. A subject of controversy, Snowden has been called a hero, a whistleblower, a dissident, a traitor and a patriot. His disclosures have fueled international debates over mass surveillance, government secrecy, and the balance between national security and information privacy.

Colonel Lawrence B. Wilkerson is a retired United States Army Colonel and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. Before serving at the State Department, Wilkerson served 31 years in the U.S. Army. During that time, he was a member of the faculty of the U.S. Naval War College (1987 to 1989), Special Assistant to General Powell when he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-93), and Director and Deputy Director of the U.S. Marine Corps War College at Quantico, Virginia (1993-97). He is currently working on a book about the first George W. Bush administration.

Both Snowden and Wilkerson are recipients of the Sam Adams Award - an award given annually to an intelligence professional who has taken a stand for integrity and ethics. Snowden was 2013 and Wilkerson was 2009.

Sponsored by: Institute for Humane Studies, John Templeton Foundation, the William & Mary Department of Film & Media Studies, the William & Mary Media Council, and WCWM 90.9 FM.

*The sponsors of the event hope to stimulate a lively debate on controversial issues of international importance. The sponsors do not endorse the speakers or their viewpoints.*

If you have any questions, contact Tucker Higgins at [[e|jthiggins]]

Special thanks to the Freedom of the Press Foundation for making this event possible. Learn more about their work defending press freedom.

If you are unable to attend in person, a livestream will be available or on-air at WCWM 90.9 FM.


If you have any questions, please contact Tucker Higgins at [[e|jthiggins]] or 818.919.1039