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Rockefeller College Welcomes Dr. Barry Wellman

Dr. Barry Wellman

On Thursday, June 9, Rockefeller College will welcome Dr. Barry Wellman to deliver a special guest lecture entitled The New Social Operating System: The Impact of Networked On Community, Work, and Policy.  The event will take place from 10:00-11:00 am in Milne Hall, room 215, on the University at Albany’s downtown campus.  All members of the University at Albany community are welcome to attend. 

Dr. Wellman will discuss how the Triple Revolution came to be since the 1960s: (1) the turn away from groups to social networks; (2) the far-flung, personalized internet, and (3) always-available mobile devices. He shows their implications for the kinds of communities and work relations we have, and suggests the need for policies that better take into account our networked society.

Professor Wellman’s research examines social support, virtual community, the virtual workplace, community, kinship, friendship, and social network theory and methods. He codirects the international NetLab Network, based in Toronto. The author of more than 250 articles, Wellman is the co-author of the prize-winning Networked: The New Social Operating System (with Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project), published by MIT Press. The book analyzes the social nature of networked individualism, growing out of the Social Network Revolution, the Internet Revolution, and the Mobile Revolution. He's a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and has headed both the Community & Urban Sociology and the Communications & Technologies section of the American Sociological Association.

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