Press Release

Stop LAPD Spying Coalition Founder to Discuss Data and Surveillance

October 12, 2016 – by Cole Hatcher

Hamid Khan

Hamid Khan to Speak Oct. 27 as Part of Ohio Wesleyan’s Sagan National Colloquium

DELAWARE, Ohio – Hamid Khan, founder and lead organizer for the grassroots Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, will discuss data and surveillance when he speaks Oct. 27 at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Khan’s presentation is part of the university’s 2016-2017 Sagan National Colloquium, “Data in Our Lives.” Khan will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware.

According to its website, the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition “is working tirelessly to expose and dismantle the architecture of state and domestic surveillance, spying and infiltration that impacts our daily lives” with a primary goal of advancing “public participation and dialogue on police spying and surveillance, demystifying the issues and helping people relate to them personally.” Learn more at

In addition to his role with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, Khan also is the founder and former executive director of South Asian Network, a grassroots community-based organization committed to empowering South Asians in Southern California to act as agents of change in eliminating biases, discrimination, and injustices.

Additional Sagan National Colloquium programs – all exploring “Data in Our Lives” – include the following. All events listed below are free and, unless otherwise noted, will be held in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center.

7 p.m. Oct. 19 –Nathalie Miebach discusses her art, which focuses on the intersection of art and science and the visual articulation of scientific observations. Using the methodologies and processes of both disciplines, Miebach translates scientific data related to astronomy, ecology, and meteorology into complex woven sculptures. Learn more at

7 p.m. Nov. 3 –Travis Ridout, Ph.D., co-author of “Political Advertising in the United States” and co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project, discusses data and elections. The Wesleyan Media Project analyzes all broadcast advertisements for federal and state election candidates in every U.S. media market. Ridout also is a political science professor at Washington State University. Learn more at

7 p.m. Nov. 7 –Tristan Perich, an artist and composer, discusses his work, which explores the boundary between data and its physical realization. Perich is particularly interested in the intersection of the physical world and the abstract world of computation and electronics. His “1-Bit Symphony” is an electronic composition in five movements on a single microchip that “performs” its music live when turned on. Learn more at

7 p.m. Nov. 8 – Pianist Vicky Chow performs composer Tristan Perich’s “Surface Image,” in Jemison Auditorium inside Ohio Wesleyan’s Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. “Surface Image” is a piece for solo piano and 40 channel 1-bit electronics. Chow performs with the New York-based sextet Bang on a Can All-Stars and is a founding member of DUO X88 and six keyboard ensemble GRANDBAND. Learn more at

4 p.m. Nov. 9 – Opening reception for “Machine Wall Drawing, an installation of three drawing machines designed and built by artist Tristan Perich, at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Perich’s machines, which will be on exhibit through Dec. 15, create drawings using the precision of computer code coupled with the randomness of the physical environment, such as the ripple of the string attaching the pen to the machine’s motor. Learn more at Visit for more information about the museum, including its hours and future exhibitions.

Established in 1984, Ohio Wesleyan’s Sagan National Colloquium annually explores an issue of national and international significance from multiple academic angles. The colloquium forges links between liberal arts learning and the lifelong civic art of informed, involved citizenship. It is endowed with a gift from 1948 OWU alumni John and Margaret Sagan, now deceased. Learn more about the colloquium at

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers nearly 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at