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Irshad Manji, Cornel West, Andrew Keen, David Brooks, and G. Sayeed Choudhury Scheduled to Speak at the 2015 AAP General Annual Meeting

Authors, columnists and academics to address topics from freedom of expression to the impact of technology

Washington, DC; February 23, 2015 - This year’s Association of American Publishers (AAP) General Annual Meeting (#AAP2015) features a roster of accomplished speakers who will provide commentary on developments in the world of publishing. The meeting is scheduled for March 18 at Scholastic’s headquarters in New York City, and is expected to attract representatives from AAP member publishers throughout the U.S.

The speakers will address a variety of timely topics, including the use of large-scale data, diversity and free expression, and the impact of technology. Ways in which the internet, authors and publishers have affected and will continue to affect American culture and behavior will also be explored. AAP President and CEO, Tom Allen and AAP Board Chair Brian Crawford of the American Chemical Society, will make opening remarks.

Sessions include:

  • Diversity and Free Expression, Irshad Manji and Cornel West
  • The Future Use of Research Data in Academic & Professional Markets, G. Sayeed Choudhury
  • The Internet Is NOT the Answer, Andrew Keen
  • Authors & Publishers in a Democratic Society, David Brooks

“While our industry is going through rapid change, our mission as publishers remains the same — to foster the expansion of knowledge, artistic expression, technological innovation and diversity,” said Tom Allen, President and CEO of AAP. “We believe our Annual Meeting program will provide an engaging journey into issues of current concern and interest for publishers.”

Those scheduled to appear (as of February 23, subjects and speakers subject to change) include:

David Brooks (@nytdavidbrooks ) is a Columnist for the New York Times, addressing politics, culture and the social sciences. He is a commentator on “PBS NewsHour,” NPR’s “All Things Considered” and NBC’s “Meet the Press, and the author of several books, including the forthcoming “The Road To Character” (Random House).

G. Sayeed Choudhury (@esayeed) is the Associate Dean for Research Data Management and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University. Choudhury has served as principal investigator for projects funded through the National Science Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Library of Congress' NDIIPP. He is the Principal Investigator for the Data Conservancy, one of the original awards through NSF's DataNet program.

Andrew Keen (@ajkeen) is an Internet entrepreneur who founded Audiocafe.com in 1995 and built the online platform into a popular first-generation Internet company. He is currently the executive director of the Silicon Valley salon FutureCast, a Senior Fellow at CALinnovates, the host of the “Keen On” Techonomy chat show, a columnist for CNN, and author of “The Internet Is Not The Answer” (Atlantic Monthly Press).

Irshad Manji (@irshadmanji ) is the Founder and Director of the Moral Courage Project, which equips students to make values-based decisions. She is a Professor at New York University (NYU), Executive Producer of the popular YouTube channel Moral Courage TV, and a New York Times bestselling author of “Allah, Liberty and Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom” (Free Press).

Dr. Cornel West (@Cornel West) is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. A current professor at Union Theological Seminary, he has also taught at Yale, Harvard, and Princeton. The recipient of more than twenty honorary degrees, he has written many important books, including “Race Matters” (Vintage Books ) and “Democracy Matters” (Penguin Press). He appears frequently on Real Time with Bill Maher, The Colbert Report, Democracy Now!, CNN, C-SPAN, and other national and international media. His two most recent books are “Black Prophetic Fire” (Beacon Press) and “The Radical King”(Beacon Press).

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