Past Events

June 6, 2019 | Humanity’s Last Stand: The Challenge of Artificial Intelligence  

Humanity’s Last Stand: The Challenge of Artificial Intelligence Thursday, June 6, 2019 7:00 PM (registration) UC Santa Cruz, Kresge College Seminar Room The Right Livelihood Laureate Lecture presents an evening with Nicanor Perlas, Right Livelihood Award Laureate, followed by panel discussion with UC Santa Cruz Faculty Anthony Aguirre (Associate Professor of Physics), Lise Getoor (Professor of… Continue Reading June 6, 2019 | Humanity’s Last Stand: The Challenge of Artificial Intelligence  

June 5-7, 2019 | Wrong at the Root: Racial Bias and The Tension Between Numbers and Words in Non-Internet Data

Wednesday, June 5 – Friday, June 7, 2019 Melvin Calvin Laboratory University of California Berkeley   Sponsored by the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing and the Sloan Foundation Artificially intelligent systems extrapolate from historical training data. While the training process is robust to “noisy” data, systematically biased data will inexorably lead to biased… Continue Reading June 5-7, 2019 | Wrong at the Root: Racial Bias and The Tension Between Numbers and Words in Non-Internet Data

May 30-31, 2019 | Indigeneity and Climate Justice

Indigeneity and Climate Justice Thursday May 30 – Friday May 31 9:30-3:30pm – (schedule) (poster) Arboretum Horticulture Hall II The UC Santa Cruz Feminist Studies Department presents a Feminist Science Studies Conference on Indigeneity and Climate Justice, organized by and Professors of Feminist Studies Karen Barad (Science & Justice Director of Teaching) and Felicity Amaya Schaeffer.… Continue Reading May 30-31, 2019 | Indigeneity and Climate Justice

May 02, 2019 | Hallam Stevens on the Starting-up of Biology

Thursday, May 2, 2019 11:00am – 1:00pm Engineering 2, room 599 The BGI group, based in Shenzhen, China, is one of the world’s largest and most successful genomics companies. Most commentaries on BGI have focused, quite narrowly, on the organization’s ambitions for scaling-up biology into a high-throughput production line. Drawing on ethnography, performance studies, and… Continue Reading May 02, 2019 | Hallam Stevens on the Starting-up of Biology

April 20, 2019 | “No Really, What Percentage are You?” Race, Identity & Genetic Ancestry Testing

Saturday, April 20, 2019 1:00-5:00pm Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (705 Front St. Santa Cruz) Free and open to the public; refreshments provided; no registration needed Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing services such as 23andMe and Ancestry.com are rapidly becoming a cultural touchstone, a mainstream phenomenon with significant implications for common notions of race… Continue Reading April 20, 2019 | “No Really, What Percentage are You?” Race, Identity & Genetic Ancestry Testing