Join the University of Michigan Wallace House Center for Journalists for a special evening with Kara Swisher and Mary Barra as part of its continuing series: “Democracy in Crisis: Views from the Press.
Award-winning journalist Kara Swisher has interviewed nearly every consequential innovator and tech entrepreneur working today. Her new memoir, “Burn Book: A Tech Love Story,” is an insider’s tale of success, failure, hubris and optimism.
As Detroit gains influence in technology and the EV revolution, Swisher sits down with Mary Barra, chair and CEO of General Motors, to discuss her new book and explore the dynamic interplay of legacy companies, innovation, strategic bets on the future, and tech’s potential to solve problems and not just create them.
One Detroit, Detroit Public Television and Wallace House Center for Journalists have partnered to livestream this conversation. PBS Books will restream this event Monday, April 1 at 8 p.m.

About the Speakers:

Kara Swisher, Author and Journalist

Award-winning journalist and author Kara Swisher Kara Swisher is the host of the podcast “On with Kara Swisher” and cohost of the “Pivot” podcast with Scott Galloway, both distributed by New York Magazine. She was also the co-founder and editor-at-large of Recode, host of the “Recode Decode” podcast, and co-executive producer of the Code Conference. She was a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and host of its “Sway” podcast and has also worked for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. “Burn Book: A Tech Love Story” is her third book.

Mary Barra, CEO, General Motors

General Motors CEO Mary BarraMary Barra is Chair and Chief Executive Officer of General Motors. Prior to becoming CEO, Barra served as GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, and as senior vice president, Global Product Development. In these roles, Barra and her teams were responsible for the design, engineering and quality of GM vehicle launches worldwide.


The Wallace House Center for Journalists’ in-person event is free and open to the public; register here. The event will also be livestreamed at the top of this page.

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