Webinar: Talking Biopolitics with Alondra Nelson and Jenny Reardon on Racial and Genetic Justice

January 23rd, 2018  |  by  |  published in Non-CSTMS Event | Comments Off on Webinar: Talking Biopolitics with Alondra Nelson and Jenny Reardon on Racial and Genetic Justice

Webinar: Talking Biopolitics with Alondra Nelson and Jenny Reardon on Racial and Genetic Justice

On January 23rd, Alondra Nelson and Jenny Reardon, both authors of recent books about genomics and social justice, will engage in conversation about their work. They’ll explore how institutions are responding to histories of racism in which genetics plays a role; the problems of knowledge that living in a genome-oriented world present; and how we… Read more

Vaccine Nation

January 25th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Master Class | Comments Off on Vaccine Nation

Vaccine Nation

Please join us for a discussion with Elena Conis and graduate students regarding a chapter from her new book, Vaccine Nation, titled “Sex, Girls, and HPV.” Please email cstms@berkeley.edu for a copy of the reading. Please RSVP here by Tuesday, January 23rd. Lunch will only be provided to guests who sign up by this day.

Vaccination, Culture, and Politics Since the Sixties

January 25th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Colloquium | Comments Off on Vaccination, Culture, and Politics Since the Sixties

Vaccination, Culture, and Politics Since the Sixties

The last fifty years witnessed an enormous upsurge in vaccine use in the United States: American children began to receive more vaccines than any previous generation, and laws requiring their immunization against a litany of diseases became standard. But while vaccination rates soared and cases of preventable infections plummeted, an increasingly vocal cross-section of Americans… Read more

Research Justice 101: Tools for Feminist Science

January 31st, 2018  |  by  |  published in Non-CSTMS Event | Comments Off on Research Justice 101: Tools for Feminist Science

How do we practice a socially just science? Join Free Radicals, a Los Angeles-based feminist and anti-racist community organization of scientists, that aims to incorporate a critical social justice lens into science, for an interactive workshop on feminist practices and socially conscious frameworks for building feminist research and engineering practices. Justice provides a framework for… Read more

Spring 2018 Reception

February 1st, 2018  |  by  |  published in Reception | Comments Off on Spring 2018 Reception

Spring 2018 Reception

We invite you to join us as we begin a new academic semester! Come to our Spring 2018 Reception to reconnect with colleagues and meet new ones. We will be announcing our new visiting scholars and DE students, discussing our various Working Groups and highlighting this semester’s events. Light refreshments will be served! Don’t miss… Read more

Academic (Re)Considerations: “Non-Humans” and/as Research Objects, Subjects, and Co-laborers

February 7th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Non-CSTMS Event | Comments Off on Academic (Re)Considerations: “Non-Humans” and/as Research Objects, Subjects, and Co-laborers

Academic researchers across disciplines have long utilized animals, plants, rocks, and a range of non-human others, yet historically this research has been grounded in a foundational distinction between nature and culture, non-human and human. In this round table discussion with Laurie Palmer (UCSC Art) and Felicity Schaeffer (UCSC Feminist Studies), we will collaboratively discuss methodological… Read more

Can We Build a Trustworthy and Trusted Press: News from The Trust Project

February 15th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Non-CSTMS Event | Comments Off on Can We Build a Trustworthy and Trusted Press: News from The Trust Project

We all think we can tell the difference between opinion, advertising and accurate news. But how do we really know? Join Sally Lehrman in a discussion of this critical question of our times. Lehrman, an award-winning journalist and Visiting Science & Justice Professor, directs the The Trust Project, a consortium of top news companies that… Read more

The University as Technology

February 15th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Colloquium | Comments Off on The University as Technology

The University as Technology

In this talk, I consider the university––its past, present, and possible futures––as a technology in a historical lineage extending from the invention of writing and the codex to the printing press, the modern scientific lab, and digital search engines. How might such an expanded history of the university and technology more broadly help us better… Read more

The Digital Architecture of Time Management

February 22nd, 2018  |  by  |  published in Colloquium | Comments Off on The Digital Architecture of Time Management

The Digital Architecture of Time Management

There is a widespread assumption that digital technologies are radically altering our perception of time: that we live too fast, that time is scarce and that the pace of everyday life is accelerating beyond our control. The iconic image that abounds is that of the frenetic, technologically tethered, iPhone-addicted citizen. Paradoxically, digital devices are seen… Read more

The Power of Algorithms and Algorithmic Power: Conceptualizing Machine Intelligence and Social Structure

March 8th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Colloquium | Comments Off on The Power of Algorithms and Algorithmic Power: Conceptualizing Machine Intelligence and Social Structure

Zeynep Tufekci speaks at TEDGlobal NYC, September 20, 2017, The Town Hall, NY, NY. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED

It’s been just five years when a paper about neural networks—a form of computer learning algorithm that uses large datasets to learn to classify input—broke through to popular press. Google researchers connected 16,000 computers and set this network loose on millions of images from YouTube—without supervision. The system invented the concept of a cat, and… Read more

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