Williams College Hosts Panel on Digital Technology, Social Media, and Today’s Political Climate

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, executive assistant; tele: 413-597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., August 26, 2019—Williams College invites the community to an onstage conversation with Molly Wood, tech correspondent for NPR’s Marketplace, and Glenn Greenwald, co-founding editor of the online news publication The Intercept. Aminatou Sow, co-host of the podcast “Call Your Girlfriend,” will moderate. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Thursday, Sept. 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Mainstage. Tickets are not required.

Molly Wood (@mollywood) is the host and Senior Editor of “Marketplace Tech,” a national radio program and podcast that demystifies the business of technology. She also co-hosts the podcast “Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly” and is an Ideas contributor at WIRED. Molly has spent two decades covering the tech industry on all platforms and is known as a pioneer in podcasting. She has been recognized for her dynamic reporting by the Webbys, the National Magazine Awards, and is a Gracie Award winner. Prior to joining “Marketplace,” she was a tech columnist at The New York Times and an executive editor at CNET.

Glenn Greenwald is a journalist, constitutional lawyer, and author of four New York Times best-selling books on politics and law. His most recent book, No Place to Hide, is about the U.S. surveillance state and his experiences reporting on the Snowden documents around the world. Prior to co-founding The Intercept, Greenwald’s column was featured in the Guardian and Salon. Along with Laura Poitras, Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the top 100 Global Thinkers for 2013. The NSA reporting he led for the Guardian was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service.

Aminatou Sow is the co-host of “Call Your Girlfriend,” a weekly podcast that tackles the intricacies of feminism, pop culture, and current politics. She has interviewed luminaries such as Hillary Clinton, Roxane Gay, Kirsten Gillibrand, Ali Raisman, and many more. Her talks and interviews lead to candid conversations about female ambition, money, and power. She is a member of the Sundance Institute Director’s Advisory Group and previously led Social Impact Marketing at Google. She was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in Tech. She is also the co-founder of Tech LadyMafia, an organization created to increase the visibility of women working in and around technology.

This event is sponsored by the Class of ’71 Public Affairs Forum, the Cohan Family Forum, and the Lecture Committee.


For building locations on the Williams campus, please consult the map outside the driveway entrance to the Security Office located in Hopkins Hall on Main Street (Rte. 2), next to the Thompson Memorial Chapel, or call the Office of Communications 413-597-4277. The map can also be found on the web at www.williams.edu/map