The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America

book cover: The Code by O'Mara
Friday, September 6, 2019
12:00pm to 2:00pm

It's time to mark your calendar and place your book order for the first APHS meeting of the semester! Our session will take place at 12pm on Friday, September 6th in the Harris Room (119 Moses Hall) of the Institute for Governmental Studies.

We are thrilled to welcome Margaret O'Mara from the University of Washington, who will discuss her new book The Code, to kick off a great lineup of speakers. Deploying a wonderfully rich and diverse cast of protagonists, from the justly famous to the unjustly obscure, across four generations of explosive growth in the Valley, from the Forties to the present, O'Mara has wrestled into magnificent narrative form one of the most fateful developments in modern American history. She is on the ground with all of the key tech companies, and chronicles the evolution in their offerings through each successive era, and she has a profound fingertip feel for the politics of the sector, and its relation to the larger cultural narrative about tech as it has evolved over the years. Perhaps most impressively, O'Mara has penetrated the inner kingdom of tech venture capital firms, the insular and still remarkably old-boy world that became the cockpit of American capitalism and the crucible for bringing technological innovation to market, or not. 

Given budgetary constraints, it's imperative that we get an accurate head count for both lunch and book orders, with your book order reflecting a commitment to attend the seminar. With that in mind, if you plan on attending and need a copy of the book, please RSVP by filling out the following google form.

Lunch will be provided - along with books (to be distributed a week or two in advance).  Hope to see you there.