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People watching people: Lecture explores how daily life is becoming subject to surveillance


February 20, 2006

Sun City residents will have the opportunity to learn how their lives are increasingly becoming subject to surveillance. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Arizona State University presents "The Culture and Society of Surveillance," a lecture examining the degree to which day-to-day actions are being closely watched by marketers, law enforcement officials and others.

Greg Wise, associate professor of Communication Studies at ASU's West campus, will present this lecture on Wednesday, March 22, at the Sundial Recreation Center. The lecture will offer both a social and cultural perspective on surveillance in our society.

"Most people don't realize the extent to which they are surveyed," said Wise. "Moreover, they don't realize the ways that they participate in their own surveillance." Wise hopes students will take away a greater awareness of personal habits and personal information and how they are affected by surveillance.

This lecture is one of more than 75 classes and lectures being offered in the Sun City communities this spring. Adult learners will enjoy learning in a no-test, no-grades, no-homework environment. For registration and class information, call the local ASU lifelong learning office - Sun City (623) 974-6985, Sun City Grand (623) 546-7429 - or visit online at: lifelonglearning.asu.edu.

The Osher Lifelong Institute at Arizona State University serves residents throughout the Sun Cities. A recent grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation allows ASU to expand and enhance its lifelong learning programs to serve residents across the Valley. The Osher Foundation collaborates with universities nationwide to offer intellectually stimulating learning opportunities for older adults.