Books for changing the world

October 26, 2022 at 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Haymarket House

Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want

Join Ruha Benjamin in conversation with Sepehr Vakhil about her new book, Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want.

Haymarket House

Haymarket House, 800 W. Buena Ave
Chicago, IL 60613 United States


Viral Justice , by Ruha Benjamin, is an inspiring vision of how we can build a more just world—one small change at a time.

Long before the pandemic, Ruha Benjamin was doing groundbreaking research on race, technology, and justice, focusing on big, structural changes. But the twin plagues of COVID-19 and anti-Black police violence inspired her to rethink the importance of small, individual actions. Part memoir, part manifesto, Viral Justice is a sweeping and deeply personal exploration of how we can transform society through the choices we make every day.

“A book as urgent as the moment that produced it.”—Jelani Cobb, Columbia Journalism School

Order your copy of Viral Justice here or buy one at the in-person book event.

Join us for a limited-capacity in-person book launch event for Viral Justice in Chicago at Haymarket House.

****Masks and proof of vaccination are required for all attendees. Doors will open at 6:00 PM.***



Ruha Benjamin is a professor in the Department of African American studies at Princeton University where she studies the social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine. Benjamin is the founding director of the IDA B. WELLS Just Data Lab, and a faculty associate in the Center for Information Technology Policy, Program on History of Science, Center for Health and Wellbeing, and Program on Gender and Sexuality Studies. She also serves on the executive committees of the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and Center for Digital Humanities. She is the author of Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code , People’s Science: Bodies & Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier, and Captivating Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life.

Sepehr Vakhil is an assistant professor of Learning Sciences in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University.


This event is sponsored by Haymarket Books and Princeton University Press. While all of our events are freely available, we ask that those who are able make a solidarity donation in support of our important publishing and programming work.