Appearances 2018-02-14T15:14:21-05:00

Upcoming Appearances

Past Appearances

Friday, February 19th, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: A Panel Discussion
The Empire Club of Canada
Live Webcast
12pm EST
More about the event and registration

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

“Ethical & Responsible Use of Technology”
Aspen Ideas seminar / Aspen Insitute Spain
In conversation with Christoph Steck, Director of Public Policy and Internet, Telefónica
Moderator: Noelia Amoedo, CEO of Mediasmart Mobile
17:00-18:30 CET


Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

“Can Surveillance Serve the People?”
Boston Globe Op-Talk
Zoom Webinar with Bina Venkataraman, Globe Editorial Page Editor, and Cade Crockford, ACLU of Massachusetts
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

How can we make surveillance work for us?
A Conversation with Iyad Rahwan and William Powers
Aspen Institute – Socrates Webinar
2:30-3:30 pm EDT

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Human Values & AI: Can we bring them together?
Online talk followed by zoom breakout discussions.
Hosted by AI LA Community

Monday, May 4th, 2020

Aspen Institute, Israel
Moderator, Socrates seminar
Order Amid Chaos: Major Trends Shaping
the Future of Technology, Business and Society
May 4-8, 2020 [POSTPONED due to the pandemic, new date TBD]

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs/Los Angeles
Talk: How Do Algorithms Know Right From Wrong?
7-10 pm
Santa Monica
Details and RSVP

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

Long Now Boston
Conversation with Bina Venkataraman, author and
Boston Globe editorial page editor
Cambridge Innovation Center
7 pm

Saturday, January 25th, 2020

Aspen UK
Moderator, Socrates Salon
“Confronting the Machine: Human Questions in the Age of AI”
Somerset House, London
9:30 am – 5 pm

Friday, December 6th, 2019

Aspen Japan: Socrates Seminar
December 6-8, 2019
Moderator: “Order Amid Chaos: Major Trends Shaping the Future of Technology, Business and Society”
Nara, Japan

Monday, July 8th, 2019

Talk: “Internet Culture: Dark Age or Renaissance?”
Tech & Society Program
Aspen Institute Spain/Telefónica Foundation
7-9 pm
Espacio Fundación Telefónica
Fuencarral 3, Madrid, Spain

Friday, March 15th, 2019

Aspen Institute Colombia
Moderator, Socrates Seminar
Cartagena, Colombia
March 15-17, 2019

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

Medical Library Association
Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA
2018 John P. McGovern Award Lecture

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Sharif University of Technology
Mohajer Think Tank

Tehran, Iran
Guest Q & A (via Skype)
With Alireza Taghdarreh, translator of the new Farsi edition of Thoreau’s Walden
Taghdarreh’s keynote: “Technology and Walden”

Monday, February 5th, 2018

The Cambridge Club
Cambridge, MA
Keynote speech

Monday, November 27th, 2017

AWS re:Invent 2017 conference
AWS Institute Voice and Text Computing Roundtable (Moderator)
Las Vegas, NV

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Association for Information Science & Technology
Annual Conference
Crystal City, VA
Keynote speech

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Aspen Institute Japan
Moderator, Socrates Seminar
Inaugural Seminar, Kobayashi Memorial Socrates Program
Otsu, Japan
October 12-15, 2017

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Aspen Institute Ukraine
Moderator, Socrates Seminar
“Finding Order in Chaos: The Future of Technology, Business, Culture & Society”
Kyiv, Ukraine
May 25-28, 2017

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Nauset Regional High School
Eastham, MA
Talk: “Can Technology Save Politics?”

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

North Atlantic Health Science Libraries
Annual Conference
New Haven, CT
Keynote speech

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

Aspen Institute España
Moderator, Socrates Seminar
Ronda, Spain
May 20-22, 2016

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Aspen Institute
Moderator, Socrates Seminar
Aspen, Colorado
February 12-15, 2016

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

The Walden Woods Project
A Modern Lyceum: Technology and Society
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Rd, Worcester, MA
7 pm
Open to the Public

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

St. David’s School
New York City

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Aspen Institute Mexico
Moderator, Socrates Seminar
“The Next Wave of Tech Innovation”
Puebla, Mexico
November 5-7, 2015

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Chautauqua Lecture
Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, Kentucky
Brock Auditorium
7:30 pm
Open to the public
Book signing to follow

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Aspen Institute
Socrates New York Salon
The Age of Enchanted Objects: The Next Wave of Tech Innovation

Co-moderator with David Rose
Roosevelt House, Hunter College
Information and registration

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Chautauqua/Eastern Kentucky University Lecture
Brock Auditorium, Eastern Kentucky University
7:30 pm
Book Signing to follow

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Łódź, Poland
“Hamlet’s BlackBerry: Rethinking Technology, From Socrates to Steve Jobs”
Rector’s Lecture
University of Łódź
11 am
More information

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Łódź, Poland
Conference on Digital Culture: New Skills and Challenges
Keynote: “More Human: The Next Wave in Digital Thinking and Innovation”
More information

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Aspen Institute España
Socrates Seminar (Moderator)
Discussion Topic: Privacy & Profits in a Market-Driven Marketplace
Ronda, Spain
April 24-27

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Harvard Club of Spain/Aspen Institute España
Luncheon Talk & Discussion
Topic: Life in the Digital Marketplace
Madrid, Spain
2:15 pm

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Overloaded 2014 Conference
Information Overload Research Group

Talk/Interview: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age
11 am EST
Conference info

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

“Mom, Dad, Why Do You Sleep With Your iPhone?”
Technology, Kids & the New Digital Wellness
Talk & Conversation
Inly School
46 Watch Hill Dr, Scituate, MA
7 pm
Youth Health Connection/South Shore Hospital
Event Details

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA
Hamlet’s BlackBerry Selected as Common Read for the Bucknell Class of 2017
Speech: “The Next Tech Revolution”

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Association of Small Foundations
CONNECT Conference
Albuquerque, NM
Talk & Discussion

Friday, August 30th, 2013

University Prep
Seattle, WA
Hamlet’s BlackBerry: Talk/Q & A

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Brussels Forum
Brussels, Belgium
March 15 – 17, 2013

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

The American Library in Paris
Paris, France
7 pm
Reading and Discussion

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Cognoscenti – Thinking That Matters
Launch Party
WBUR/Boston Public Radio
Brief Remarks & Chat with Tom Ashbrook of On Point

Friday, February 15th, 2013

The Aspen Institute
Aspen, Colorado
February 15 – 18, 2013
Socrates Seminar (Moderator)
“So Much Information, So Little Time: Making Sense of a Big Data World”

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

TEDx Youth Talk
Santa Ana, CA

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Marketplace Radio – Live Town Hall
2012 Election Tour with Kai Ryssdal
7 pm
Yawkey Theater
WGBH Studios
Boston, MA
Details & tickets

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Sagamore Beach Colony Club
Sagamore Beach, MA
7:30 pm
Author Talk & Discussion
Details & tickets

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

“This Morning” Radio Show – TBS eFM
Seoul, South Korea
Interview and Listener Call-In
6:20 pm Eastern
Listen live

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Massachusetts Educational Technology Administrators Association
Spring Conference
Waltham, MA

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

The Wheeler School
Providence, RI

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Fort Worth, Texas

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Third Path Institute
Parenting & Family Life in the Digital Age
A Conversation with William Powers

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Conference on the First-Year Experience
San Antonio, TX

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Weber University
Ogden, UT
Speech & Discussion

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Family Online Safety Institute
FOSI 2011 Conference and Exhibition
Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium
Washington, DC
1:30 pm
Talk: “Getting a Grip – Finding Balance in Our Hyperconnected Lives”
Details and registration

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

The Paley Center for Media
Screening and Panel Discussion
Connected,” a new film by Tiffany Shlain
6:30 pm
25 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Details and Tickets

Monday, October 10th, 2011

University of Maryland
Honors Humanities Program
“To Connect or Not to Connect? Getting Smarter About Life in the Digital Age”
Speech & Discussion

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Paul Pratt Memorial Library
35 Ripley Rd.
Cohasset, MA 02025
4 pm
Talk and Book Signing

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Assumption College
Worcester, MA
Hamlet’s BlackBerry Chosen as Common Book at Assumption College

Monday, September 12th, 2011

ABC Radio Adelaide
“Afternoons with Claire Whitelock”
Live, 3 pm

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Brisbane Writers Festival
“Philosophy in A Digital Age”
Arabella Forge
and William Powers in Conversation with Matthew Ricketson
The Studio, State Library of Queensland
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Details and Tickets

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Brisbane Writers Festival
“Digitally Speaking” – Three Perspectives on Digital Life
The Studio, State Library of Queensland
4 – 5 pm
Details and Tickets

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Brisbane Writers Festival
Panel: “Take Time” – Managing Life in the Digital Age
The Edge, State Library of Queensland
1 – 2 pm
Details and Tickets

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Brisbane Writers Festival

An Evening with International Writers
Four Writers in Conversation about Adventure, Survival & Philosophy
Sanctuary Cove, Brisbane
5-6 pm
Details and Tickets

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Customs House Library
31 Alfred St, Circular Quay
Talk & Book Signing
Free, Reservations Required

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

ABC Radio Sydney
“Drive with Richard Glover”
Live, 4 pm

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

ABC Radio Classic FM

“Mornings with Margaret Throsby”
Live, 9:45 am

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

ABC Radio Hobart
“Evenings with Annie Warburton
Live, 7 pm

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

University of Canberra
Morning Symposium with Students & Faculty

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

National Library of Australia

Parkes Place, Canberra
6 – 7 pm
Free, Registration Required

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Melbourne Writers Festival
“William Powers in Conversation with Matthew Ricketson”
ACMI Studio 1, Federation Square
Melbourne, Australia
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Melbourne Writers Festival
The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St.
Melbourne, Australia
12 – 1 pm
Panel Discussion:  “Cool New Toys: iPads, Apps & All Things New”

Friday, August 26th, 2011

ABC Radio Australia Breakfast

Interview with Phil Kafcaloudes
Live, 9:30 – 10 am [Australia EST]

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

August 25 – September 13, 2011
Sponsored by the University of Canberra in association with Scribe Publications
Departing US 8/23, Arriving Australia 8/25
Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Aspen Ideas Festival
Tuesday, June 28 – Sunday, July 3, 2011
Aspen, CO

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Information Overload & How to Beat It:  A Virtual Literary Salon
Five Authors in Conversation
11 am – 12:30 pm EDT
Details and Registration Info

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

The EDGE Conference
Boston, MA

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Aspen Environment Forum
May 30 – June 2, 2011
Aspen, CO

Friday, April 29th, 2011

University Club of Chicago
Talk and Book Signing
12 noon
76 East Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

The Great Read
Finale and Gala Celebration
Hamlet’s BlackBerry Selected as The Great Read for 2010-2011
7 p.m.
Lewis University Dining Room
Romeoville, IL
Event info

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

St. Columba’s Episcopal Church
Washington, DC
Talk and Discussion
10:15 a.m.
Great Hall
4201 Albemarle Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Wellfleet Public Library
Martha Sherrill & William Powers: Discussing and Signing Their Books
2:30 – 3:30 pm
55 West Main St.
Wellfleet, MA 02667

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

St. Mary’s Episcopal School
Memphis, TN
Talk and Book Signing
7 pm
William H. Rose Theater
Open to the public

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Nauset Regional Middle School
7 p.m.
Talk and Discussion
“Technology and Your Child”
70 Route 28
Orleans, MA

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

South By Southwest (SXSW)
Featured Speaker
“Hamlet’s BlackBerry: Liberate Yourself From Digital Addiction”
12:30 pm
Austin Convention Center
Room 9ABC
500 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Snow Library
Talk and Book Signing
1-2:30 p.m.
67 Main St.
Orleans, MA 02653

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Google DC
Talk and Book Signing
4-5:30 pm
1101 New York Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20005
Co-Sponsored by the Family Online Safety Institute
RSVP here

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Facebook DC Live
Discussion of Hamlet’s BlackBerry
With Jennifer Howard and Stephen Balkam
12 noon
Post questions on Facebook (before or during) here.
Watch live here.

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Andover Bookstore
Talk and Book Signing
7 pm
89R Main Street
Andover, MA 01810

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

The Great Read
Hamlet’s BlackBerry selected as The Great Read for 2010-2011
Book Discussion (via Skype)
7 pm
The Plainfield Public Library
15025 S. Illinois Street
Plainfield, IL 60544
More info about this event

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
“Ben’s Birthday Celebration”
Building a Good Life in the Digital Age – Reflections from Ben Franklin & Other Great Thinkers
In Conversation with Dr. Phil Budden, British Consul General
Moderated by William A. Ghormley, founder of Xconomy
6-8 pm
41 Berkeley St.
Boston MA 02116
Reservation info here

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

The Great Read
Hamlet’s BlackBerry selected as The Great Read for 2010-2011
Virtual Chat (via Skype)
6:30 pm
Barnes & Noble
2621 Plainfield Road
Joliet, IL 60435
More info about this event

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Harvard Club of New York City
Talk and Book Signing
7 p.m.

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Concord Festival of Authors
Concord, Massachusetts
Talk and Book Signing
Location: Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods
7 p.m.

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Brown University Bookstore
244 Thayer St.
Providence, RI
Talk and Book Signing
6 p.m.

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

The Boston Book Festival
Trinity Church Forum
206 Clarendon Street, Boston
“Internet or Not?” – a Panel Discussion
2:30 p.m.

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Providence Athenaeum
Providence, RI
Speech and Book Signing
5 p.m.

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Nantucket Atheneum
Nantucket, Massachusetts
Great Hall
Speech and Book Signing
3 p.m.

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

The Wellfleet Public Library
Wellfleet, Mass.
8 p.m.
Talk and Book Signing

Hamlet’s BlackBerry will be available for purchase

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

The Odyssey Bookshop
7:00 pm, South Hadley, MA

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Northshire Bookstore
7:oo pm, Manchester Center, VT

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Toadstool Bookshop
7:00 pm, Keene, NH

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Longfellows Books
7:00 pm, Portland, ME

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Porter Square Books
7:00  pm Cambridge, MA

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Main Street Books
5:00 pm, Orleans, MA

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Harvard Bookstore
7:00 pm, Cambridge, MA

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Interview with Katie Couric, CBS News

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Politics & Prose Bookstore
7:00 pm, Washington, DC

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

All Saints Episcopal Church
Pasadena, CA
10:15 a.m
Open to the public

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Sunday Magazine /Alice’s Reading Room, KLLC-FM, San Francisco
Interview with Liz Saint John
6-7 a.m. PDT

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Los Angeles Public Library
Conversation with David L. Ulin, book editor, Los Angeles Times
7:00 pm, Los Angeles, CA
Reserve tickets here:

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Kepler’s Books
Reading & discussion
7:30 pm, Menlo Park, CA

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

KALW-FM, San Francisco
Your Call Radio show
Interview with Rose Aguilar
11 a.m. – 12 noon PDT

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

KPFA-FM Radio, Berkeley, CA
The Morning Show
Interview with Philip Maldari
8:30-9:00 am PDT

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Book Passage Bookstore
Reading & Discussion
7:00 pm Corte Madera, CA

Monday, July 12th, 2010

The Ronn Owens Show
KGO-AM, San Francisco
10-11 a.m. PDT

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Bunch of Grapes Bookstore
Reading & discussion
7:30 pm, Vineyard Haven, MA

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Interview with Marc Cohen, The Computer and Technology Radio Show
KABC Radio, Los Angeles
4:30 pm PST
Computer and Technology Radio

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Appearance on The Diane Rehm Show, NPR
11 a.m. – Noon

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Interview on Radio
“The Real Story with Gregg Greenberg”
4:45 pm

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Interview on KFWB News/Talk 980, Los Angeles
Kari Moran’s BookRadio Show
12 noon PST

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America”
7 – 9 a.m.

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Interview on WOSU public radio, Columbus, OH
“All Sides” with Ann  Fisher
10 – 11 am

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Interview on National Public Radio’s “Marketplace”
“Information Overload, An Age-Old Problem,” with host Kai Ryssdal
Afternoon or early evening (time varies depending on location)

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Interview on WICN-FM, Worcester, MA
The Public Eye with Al Vuona
10:30 – 11:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Interview on Oprah Radio
“The Derrick Ashong Experience”
Satellite radio, XM Channel 156, Sirius Channel 195
2 p.m. EST

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

New England Independent Booksellers Association, Northampton, MA

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Financial Times media summit, Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles, CA