Race and Technology: A Research Lecture Series
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Race and Technology: A Research Lecture Series

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Race and Technology: A Research Lecture Series

Race and Technology: A Research Lecture Series

Race and technology are closely intertwined, continuously influencing and reshaping one another. While algorithmic bias has received increased attention in recent years, that is only one of the many ways that technology and race intersect in computer science, public health, digital media, gaming, surveillance, and other domains. To build inclusive technologies that empower us all, we must understand how technologies and race construct one another and with what consequences.

You’re invited to join us as we bring together leading voices at the intersection of race and technology for discussions around data, the internet, justice, genomics, and more. In this virtual speaker series, connect with the distinguished academics and domain experts who are driving this conversation and reshaping the future of research in tech.

The lectures will be presented monthly from 10 AM to 11 AM Pacific Time on the day of the event and will be followed by a live Q&A session with the speaker. Recordings of the complete sessions will be available on demand.

One-time registration provides access to all 14 lectures in the series, making it easy to attend the lectures that work with your schedule. You’ll receive reminders with event details and a link to join in advance of each event.

Find the latest updates, details, and past lectures on our event page.

Series lectures:

Date Speaker Title/Research Area

October 27, 2021 Dr. Simone Browne Acrylic, metal, blue and a means of preparation: Imagining and living Black life beyond the surveillance state

November 17, 2021 Dr. André Brock On Race and Technoculture

December 2021 Dr. Sohini Ramachandran Our genomes, our selves?

January 2022 Dr. C. Brandon Ogbunu Epidemiology, population genetics, and evolution*

February 2022 Dr. Kishonna L. Gray Intersectional tech: Black praxis in digital gaming

March 2022 Merisa Heu-Weller J.D. Justice Reform*

April 2022 Dr. Desmond Upton Patton The relationship between youth and violence and social media*

May 2022 Dr. Denae Ford Robinson Human-computer interaction and software engineering*

June 2022 Dr. A. Nicki Washington The practice of computer science*


*Official lecture title TBA

Missed a lecture? Find it on demand:

Date Speaker Title/Research Area

May 26, 2021 Dr. Sareeta Amrute Racist tropes and labor discipline: How tech inherits and reproduces global imaginaries of race and work

June 30, 2021 Dr. Kim TallBear The Vanishing Indian speaks back: Race, genomics, and Indigenous rights

July 28, 2021 Dr. Charlton McIlwain Computing technology as racial infrastructure: A history of the present and blueprint for Black future(s)

August 18, 2021 Dr. Ruha Benjamin The New Jim Code: Reimagining the default settings of technology & society

September 22, 2021 Dr. Lisa Nakamura Women of Color and the digital labor of repair


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