Wintersession - Unexpected Conversation Series: Kara Swisher & Jeff Nunokawa
Who would you be most surprised to find in conversation together on stage? An anthropologist and a chemist? An athlete and a rabbi? A television host and a historian? During the Unexpected Conversation Series, anything is possible! Join influential tech journalist Kara Swisher and Professor of English Jeff Nunokawa for a wide-ranging and unexpected conversation. Swisher and Nunokawa will interview each other about topics they have genuine curiosity about, whether it be about politics, personal lives, literature, identity, career, hobbies or anything else they want to discuss. They won't know what the other will ask about until the event itself--you don't want to miss this unexpected conversation! Professor Jeff Nunokawa specializes in English literature from about 1830 till about 1900. His current project is a book whose working title is something like Eros and Isolation: Getting Away from Others in Nineteenth Century Literature. This book brings a range of social theory to bear on writers like Austen, C. Brontë, Thackeray, Dickens and Eliot to figure out why it’s so hard to break free, even for a little while, from the groups that surround and define us. Most generally, Jeff is interested in the ways that various ideas of society clash and collaborate with one another. Before his day is done, he hopes to write a book about Henry James. Described as "Silicon Valley’s most feared and well-liked journalist” for her early and no-holds-barred coverage of the technology industry, Kara Swisher is the host of "Sway," the twice-weekly interview podcast about power by New York Times Opinion an editor-at-large at New York Media, host of the "Pivot” podcast, and executive producer of the Code Conference. Over her career, Ms. Swisher has hosted hundreds of newsmaking interviews, going head-to-head with prominent figures including Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Rupert Murdoch, Stacey Abrams, Kim Kardashian and President Barack Obama. She studied at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she wrote her first technology story for the school paper (it was in 1980 -- and the technology was pay phones). She subsequently received a graduate degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Ms. Swisher is the author of "aol.com: How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads and Made Millions in the War for the Web," co-author of the sequel, "There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere," and currently penning a memoir that will be released by Simon and Schuster in 2022. She has previously appeared and consulted on "Silicon Valley," a show by HBO, which is now a part of WarnerMedia, and also hosts a companion podcast for season three of HBO’s “Succession.” She currently lives in Washington with her wife, various cats and dogs, and her three children.