UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY AUTHOR FORUM
Wall Street Journal China Deputy Bureau Chief and author of Surveillance State: Inside China’s Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control
Evan Osnos, author of Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, and
Journalist at The New Yorker and CNN Contributor
The University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum’s season-opening event on September 29th features The Wall Street Journal’s China Deputy Bureau Chief, Josh Chin, author of, Surveillance State: Inside China’s Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control with journalist Evan Osnos, regular CNN Contributor in conversation about China.
Josh Chin co-authored the upcoming Surveillance State with fellow Wall Street Journal writer, Liza Lin. He tells the gripping story of how China’s Communist Party is building a new kind of political control: shaping the will of the people through the sophisticated—and often brutal—harnessing of data. For more than a decade, Chin has covered politics and tech in China for The Wall Street Journal. He led an investigative team that won The Gerald Loeb Award for international reporting in 2018 for a series exposing the Chinese government’s pioneering embrace of digital surveillance. He was named a National Fellow at New America in 2020, and is a recipient of the Don Bolles Medal, awarded to investigative journalists who have exhibited courage in standing up against intimidation.
Evan Osnos joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2008 and covers politics and foreign affairs. His book Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, is based on eight years of living in Beijing. Age of Ambition won the 2014 National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Previously, Osnos worked as Beijing Bureau Chief for the Chicago Tribune, where he was part of a team that won a 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting. He is a CNN contributor and a frequent guest on The Daily Show, Fresh Air, and other programs.
University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum
September 29th at Kentucky Center Bomhard Theater
5:00 PM - Wine and Cheese Reception, Carmichael’s book sale in the lobby
6:00 PM – Discussion with Josh Chin and Evan Osnos in the Bomhard Theater
7:00 PM - Q&A with audience
$30 package includes all evening events before 7:30 PM
7:30 PM – Special Dinner in honor of Josh Chin and Evan Osnos at Muhammad Ali Center by Chef Peng Looi
$140 package includes all events, plus dinner
($40 tax deductible contribution to non-profit Kentucky Author Forum)
Tickets on sale at The Kentucky Center
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The University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forums are made available to PBS member stations nationwide, under the title Great Conversations. KAF is the only Louisville cultural program to be broadcast nationally. Forums are also recorded as podcast episodes, called Great Podversations, which are distributed by Louisville Public Media, and available on iTunes, NPR, Spotify, Stitcher, and most other podcast apps.
The Kentucky Author Forum series is produced by Mary Moss Greenebaum, and is sponsored by the Owsley Brown II Family, Bittners, and LDG Development. Other partners include Carmichael’s Bookstore, Courier-Journal, Kentucky Center for Performing Arts, KET, and Louisville Public Media.
Where is the line between digital utopia and digital police state?
Surveillance State tells the gripping, startling, and detailed story of how China’s Communist Party is building a new kind of political control: shaping the will of the people through the sophisticated—and often brutal—harnessing of data.
Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction finalist
Winner of the 2014 National Book Award in nonfiction
As the Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, Evan Osnos was on the ground in China for years, witness to profound political, economic, and cultural upheaval.