An Evening With Chelsea Manning

Moderated by Gabriella Coleman, Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University
29 Nov 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Zellerbach Theater, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

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As an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense, Chelsea Manning disclosed classified documents to WikiLeaks that revealed human rights abuses and corruption connected to the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She was convicted and sentenced to 35 years in a military prison, but released in 2017 after President Obama commuted her sentence. While in prison, Manning publicly identified as a trans woman and asserted her right to medical therapy. Now an advocate for government transparency and queer and transgender rights, Manning will speak about topics including artificial intelligence (AI) and resistance in the age of AI; activism and protest; transgender issues; and the intersection of technology and people’s lives.

The conversation with Manning will be moderated by Gabriella Coleman, Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University. Manning will take questions from the audience. 

The event is open to Penn students, faculty, staff, and alumni with a valid PennCard. Tickets are free, but must be reserved and picked up in advance from the Annenberg Center website or box office, which is open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday Noon - 5pm. Tickets cannot be printed at home, and all attendees must bring to the event a ticket from the Annenberg Center Box office as well as their PennCard.


Tickets do not guarantee seating, which will be given first-come, first-served once the doors open at 3:30pm. Signs and plastic bottles will not be allowed in the venue. Click here for a list of other prohibited items

The event is sponsored by Penn's Annenberg School for Communication; Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality, & Women; Political Science Department; History of Sociology and Science Department; Government and Politics Association; LGBT Center; Lambda Grads; and Black Graduate and Professional Students Assembly.

This event may be photographed and/or video recorded for archival, educational, and related promotional purposes. We also video stream many of these video recordings through the Annenberg web site. By attending or participating in this event, you are giving your consent to be photographed and/or video recorded and you are waiving any and all claims regarding the use of your image by the Annenberg School for Communication. The Annenberg School for Communication, at its discretion, may provide a copy of the photos/footage upon written request.