Virtual Event

"How open does the future remain? The use of algorithmic systems in historical perspective" | Mercator Salon with Jill Lepore

Oct. 18, 2021 from 7 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Past event

Are we living in the midst of a digital revolution? How are algorithmic systems changing democratic principles such as equality or the rule of law? Do applications of so-called artificial intelligence expand or limit our ability to design desirable futures?

We will discuss these and other questions with Prof. Dr. Jill Lepore, one of the most distinguished historians and public intellectuals in the United States. She has become known for her history of the United States of America, which was published in German in 2019 under the title "These Truths".

In her numerous publications, Prof Dr. Jill Lepore has always been interested in a comprehensive analysis of the political and social changes of our present, and in her book "If Then" (2020), she most recently focused on the social consequences of the use of digital tools.

We cordially invite you to the digital Mercator Salon with Jill Lepore and look forward to an intensive exchange. The event will be moderated by Prof. Dr. Julika Griem, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities Essen (KWI) and the moderator and actor Louis Klamroth.

The event will be livestreamed via the Mercator Event App and simultaneously interpreted into English.


The Mercator Salon with Prof. Dr. Jill Lepore is part of our digital salon series for the 25th anniversary of Stiftung Mercator - Building Bridges. Rethink.