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Digital Humanities Meet Up

Cowell Provost House Cowell Provost House, Cowell Service Rd‎ University of California Santa Cruz, Cowell College, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Join the Digital Humanities campus community for a Fall Quarter Meet Up. This is an opportunity to meet digital scholarship practitioners across campus and connect as we start a new year. The Meet Up is informal: please invite colleagues interested in building a DH portfolio and learning more about digital scholarship. Zac Zimmer, Assistant Professor […]

Algorithms, Mobility, and Justice

Engineering 2, Room 599 Engineering 2 Building @ UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Are moral algorithms a reasonable solution for taking advantage of life-saving potentials of self-driving cars? In this talk, Neda Atanasoski (UCSC Professor of Feminist Studies) will engage the utilitarian framings that are dominant in the discourses on self-driving cars inclusive of the assumptions that are folded into the question above: that algorithms can be moral […]

Stuart Russell: “Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence”

Nat. Sci Annex Auditorium 101 Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Stuart Russell will survey recent and expected developments in AI and their implications. Some are enormously positive, while others, such as the development of autonomous weapons and the replacement of humans in economic roles, may be negative. Beyond these, one must expect that AI capabilities will eventually exceed those of humans across a range of […]

Questions That Matter: Data and Democracy

Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Technology increasingly shapes our habits and defines our access to information. As our society navigates shifting sources of news, targeted advertising, and polarizing online rhetoric, it is essential that we work to understand the complex and often obscured relationship between data and democracy. Join THI to explore how we got here and to imagine a […]

Rescheduled to MARCH 12: Safiya Noble, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

Kresge Town Hall

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH 12. Please join us then. The landscape of information is rapidly shifting as new imperatives and demands push to the fore increasing investment in digital technologies. Yet, critical information scholars continue to demonstrate how digital technology and its narratives are shaped by and infused with values that are […]

James Loeffler, “The Right to Be Heard – Jews, Human Rights, and Global Democracy”

Cowell Ranch Hay Barn Ranch View Rd, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Event Photos by Crystal Birns: Presented by The Humanities Institute and The Center for Jewish Studies 2018 marked the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights amid a time of crisis for global democracy. It is imperative that we revisit the history of the modern Human Rights movement and reexamine the relationship between […]

Matt Cook, “Depth-of-Field: Translating the benefits of Virtual Reality from the laboratory to the (higher-ed) classroom”

Digital Scholarship Commons, McHenry Library

Increasingly accessible Virtual Reality technologies allow course content to be presented in context, at human scale, and responsive to the wide range of body-centered interactions. These representational characteristics, which define our engagement with real-world objects and environments, have been shown in the literature to improve performance on activities that overlap significantly with target learning outcomes […]

Paolo Gerbaudo, The Digital Party: Political Organisation and Online Democracy

Humanities 1, Room 210 1156 high st, Santa cruz, CA, United States

  Paolo Gerbaudo is the Director of the Centre for Digital Culture at King's College, London. He is the author of Tweets and the Streets: Social Media and Contemporary Activism (2012), The Mask and the Flag: Citizenism and Global Protest (2017), and Digital Parties: Political Organization and Online Democracy (2018). From the movements behind Bernie […]