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Jon Schaff to lecture on computing politics at DSU

March 15, 2019

Dr. Jon SchaffDr. Jon Schaff, political theorist, author, and Northern State University professor of political science, will give a non-partisan lecture on computing politics on Monday, March 18, at noon in East Hall 101.

The lecture is part of the lecture series The Cultural Consequences of Computers, hosted by Dakota State’s Classics Institute, a think tank for considering the serious ethical and social problems created by the computer revolution.

Jon D. Schaff, has been described by Dr. Joseph Bottum, director of the Classics Institute, as “the most distinguished political theorist in the state of South Dakota.”

Schaff’s lecture will be focused on political theory rather than political parties and the need “for more humane politics to escape the computer-generated problems created over the last 40 years,” Bottum said.

“There is a sense abroad in the nation that things in politics have gone astray and yet we have no clear statement of how that came to be. Professor Schaff promises to provide some of the information we need to arrive at an answer to that pressing question,” said Bottum.

Bottum identified The Cultural Consequences of Computers lecture series as “a microcosm of all we do at the Classics Institute.”

The event is free of charge and the public is encouraged to attend.