On Wednesday Oct. 7 we welcome Dr. Ruha Benjamin presenting "Race to the Future? Reimagining the Default Settings of Technology & Society" to our Lafayette community.

Ruha Benjamin

Ruha Benjamin is a professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and the founder of the IDA B. WELLS Just Data Lab at Princeton University. She studies the social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine and speaks widely on issues of innovation, equity, health, and justice in the U.S. and globally. She is also a Faculty Associate in the Center for Information Technology Policy; Program on History of Science; Center for Health and Wellbeing; Program on Gender and Sexuality Studies; Department of Sociology; and serves on the Executive Committees for the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and Center for Digital Humanities. Ruha is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the 2017 President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton.

Her second book, Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code, examines the relationship between machine bias and systemic racism, analyzing specific cases of “discriminatory design” and offering tools for a socially-conscious approach to tech development. She is also the editor of Captivating Technology.

More information about this event is available here.

Hosted by The Hanson Center for Inclusive STEM Education, Resnik and Landis Lecture Series, and Forum on Technology & Liberal Arts.

Co-sponsored by Anthropology & Sociology; Engineering Division; Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies; and Mathematics.