A History of Telecommunications and US Empire, Dan Schiller (Ph.D. '78)

23 Feb 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Virtual Event
Open to the Public

Share Facebook Twitter


About the Talk

Telecommunications systems have been long a part of imperial repertoires, whereby the economies and societies of dominated areas have been subordinated — to be sure with opposition and resistance — by powerful capitalist countries. In this presentation, Dan Schiller sketches this complex process in the history of the United States. From the post office to the internet, telecommunications systems have coiled through U.S. empire, even as imperialism itself has been successively reconfigured.

About the Speaker

The author of numerous books and articles, including a forthcoming history of U.S. telecommunications from the early post office to the internet, Dan Schiller is emeritus professor of communication and information sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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.