Edward Snowden in conversation with Ron Suskind at Tulane Jan. 29_lowres

Edward Snowden in 2015.

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden will discuss the state of surveillance in the U.S. with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Ron Suskind via a Google Hangout session at Tulane University this month.

They'll discuss "Mass Surveillance, Secrecy & Democracy: When Data Collection Becomes a Threat to Free Societies, "Restoring Trust: How To Solve The Next Generation of Privacy & Security Dilemmas, and "National Security Agency or National Surveillance Agency: Our Cyber Defenses Examined."

In 2013, Snowden leaked thousands of documents exposing NSA's global networks of phone and internet surveillance, sparking a debate over those efforts in the name of national security and at the expense of individual privacy. Over the last few years he has participated in teleconference speaking events while seeking asylum abroad from criminal charges in the U.S.

Tulane students, faculty and staff can reserve one free ticket and also can purchase one $20 general admission ticket for a non-Tulane member. Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8.

The event runs 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29 at Tulane's McAlister Auditorium.