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Provost Seminar Series Explores Digital Formations

November 2, 2003

WALTHAM, Mass.- As part of its emphasis on promoting practical research that addresses current and future issues in the world of business and society more generally, the 2003-2004 Provost Seminar Series at Bentley continues with a lecture by Saskia Sassen entitled "Digital Formations: Constructing an object for study." An authority on societal repercussions of emerging information and communication technologies (ICTs), Sassen is among several internationally recognized professionals and researchers invited to Bentley this year to discuss topics for scholars and practitioners dedicated to a transdisciplinary treatment of key issues in the modern world. The seminar will be held on November 21 in the Adamian Academic Center at Bentley. The program is free and open to the public.

Sassen's lecture will focus on her project at the Social Science Research Council based on the introductory chapter of her forthcoming book, "Denationalization: Territory, Authority and Rights in a Global Age."

"Dr. Sassen is a foremost authority on social science, effortlessly weaving technologies into her research," says Bentley Provost Robert D. Galliers. "Her work is very much linked with the interface between society, business, IT and globalization - precisely in line with what a business university is all about."

Saskia Sassen is the Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago, and Centennial Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. Her forthcoming book, "Denationalization: Economy and Polity in a Global Digital Age" (Princeton University Press, 2003) is based on her five year project on governance and accountability in a global economy. Her previous books have been translated into fourteen languages. She is co-director of the Economy Section of the Global Chicago Project, a member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Urban Data Sets, a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, and chair of the newly formed Information Technology, International Cooperation and Global Security Committee of the Social Science Research Council (USA). She received her MA from Université de Poitiers, and a PhD from the University of Notre Dame.

The seminar will be held on Friday, November 21, 2003 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. in the Graduate Commons, Adamian Academic Center, immediately followed by a reception. The event is free but pre-registration is requested. RSVP for the seminar and reception by November 14 to Diane Whelan, Office of the Provost and VP for Academic Affairs at (phone) 781-891-2471 or email:

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