Race & Technology, A Research Lecture Series
May 1, 2021 June 30, 2022

Race and Technology: A Research Lecture Series

10:00 AM–11:00 AM PT

Location: Virtual

Race and technology are closely intertwined, continuously influencing and reshaping one another. While algorithmic bias has received increased attention in recent years, it 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 Q&A session with the speaker. Live captioning will be available during the event and recordings of the complete sessions will be available on demand. The presentations and views of external speakers represent their own perspectives and not that of Microsoft.

Speaker lineup

May 26, 2021Dr. Sareeta Amrute, Data & Society Research Institute and University of Washington
June 30, 2021Dr. Kim TallBear, University of Alberta
July 28, 2021Dr. Charlton McIlwain, New York University
August 18, 2021Dr. Ruha Benjamin, Princeton University & Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab
September 22, 2021Dr. Lisa Nakamura, University of Michigan
October 27, 2021Dr. Simone Browne, University of Texas at Austin
November 17, 2021Dr. André Brock, Georgia Institute of Technology
December 1, 2021Dr. Sohini Ramachandran, Brown University
January 26, 2022Dr. C. Brandon Ogbunu, Yale University
February 23, 2022Dr. Kishonna L. Gray, University of Kentucky
March 30, 2022Dr. Tawanna Dillahunt, University of Michigan’s School of Information (UMSI)
April 20, 2022Dr. Desmond Upton Patton, Columbia School of Social Work, Columbia University
June 8, 2022Dr. Christina N. Harrington, Carnegie Mellon University
June 29, 2022Dr. A. Nicki Washington, Duke University

Organizing Committee

Nancy Baym, Senior Principal Research Manager, Microsoft Research
Brittney Muller, Community Engagement Program Manager II, Microsoft Research Outreach
Jessica Mastronardi, Senior Manager Community Engagement & Partnerships, Microsoft Research Outreach
Charlton McIlwain, Author and Professor, New York University
Chris Morris, Chief of Staff for CMO, Microsoft
Hanna Wallach, Senior Principal Research Manager, Microsoft Research

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