The CU Boulder Distinguished Speakers Board is pleased to announce its second event of the year: former National Security Agency system administrator Edward Snowden is coming to the University of Colorado Boulder via video chat on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Ron Suskind, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former Wall Street Journal reporter, will moderate the event live from the Macky Auditorium. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions of Snowden.
“The DSB makes an effort to host speakers who we think will be thought-provoking and intriguing,” said CU student and DSB chair Emma Woodyard. “Edward Snowden was at the top of our list – not because we think he’s right or wrong – but because we think he has the potential to spark conversation and challenge the student body.”
The Distinguished Speakers Board, a CU Student Government cost center managed and funded by students, strives to continue the campus tradition of hosting speakers of the highest caliber who will intellectually stimulate and challenge both the student body and the Boulder community. A subject of international controversy, Edward Snowden has simultaneously been labeled a traitor, a whistleblower, a hero and a patriot. In 2013, Snowden began releasing top secret documents centered around the extent of the NSA’s and the CIA’s global surveillance, along with nearly 1 million Department of Defense documents. Within months, major news outlets around the world began to break stories based on the leaked documents, which have sparked international debates over information privacy, mass surveillance and government secrecy. Snowden is the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award and the Stuttgart Peace Prize, and was a key figure in the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service earned by The Washington Post and The Guardian.
Ron Suskind is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, best-selling author and a Harvard Center for Ethics Fellow. He has been a contributor for The New York Times Magazine and previously was a senior national affairs reporter for the Wall Street Journal.