The Wesson Discussion Seminar is intended to be a response to the Wesson Lecture delivered by Tim Wu on Tuesday, February 20 at 7pm in Cubberley Auditorium.
Discussion Seminar Commentators
JOSH COHEN is on the faculty at Apple University and is a Distinguished Senior Fellow in Law, Philosophy, and Political Science at University of California, Berkeley. A political philosopher, Cohen taught at MIT from 1977-2006 and at Stanford from 2006-2014. Cohen is author of Philosophy, Politics, Democracy; The Arc of the Moral Universe and Other Essays; and Rousseau: A Free Community of Equals. He is co-author (with Joel Rogers) of On Democracy and Associations and Democracy. Since 1991, Cohen has been editor (and then co-editor) of Boston Review.
REID HOFFMAN is an accomplished entrepreneur, executive, and investor, who has played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses. In 2003 he co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking service. In 2009 he joined Greylock Partners. He currently serves on the boards of Airbnb, Edmodo, Convoy, Blockstream and a few early stage companies still in stealth. In addition, he serves on a number of not-for-profit boards, including Kiva, Mozilla Corporation, Endeavor, and CZI Biohub. He is the host of Masters of Scale, an original podcast series and the first American media program to commit to a 50-50 gender balance for featured guests. He is the co-author of two New York Times best-selling books: The Start-Up of You and The Alliance. His next book is focused on “blitzscaling”, based on his Stanford course of the same name. He is an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow, a Marshall Scholar at Oxford, and a graduate of Stanford University.
LINA KHAN is Director of Legal Policy with the Open Markets Institute. She researches antitrust law and competition policy and identifies potential legal reforms. Khan’s work has been published by the Yale Law Journal and the Harvard Law & Policy Review, as well as by the New York Times, Politico, and Washington Post. Her piece “Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox” won the Michael Egger Prize and the Israel H. Peres Prize at Yale Law School. Her antitrust work has been cited by The Atlantic, Bloomberg, TheEconomist, Financial Times, and Wall Street Journal, and she has appeared on C-SPAN, NPR, and Fox Business News. From 2015-2017 Khan litigated on behalf of homeowners against financial institutions through Yale’s Mortgage Foreclosure Litigation Clinic, and spent summers litigating at Gupta Wessler PLLC, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She received a B.A. magna cum laude from Williams College and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
TIM WU (Wesson lecturer) is an author, policy advocate, and professor at Columbia Law School. Wu's best known work is the development of Net Neutrality theory, but he also writes about private power, free speech, copyright, and antitrust. His books The Master Switch and The Attention Merchants have won wide recognition and awards.