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Ruha Benjamin: "Technology and the Humanities" Tanner Talk

OCTOBER 15, 2020 at 12:00PM - (VIRTUAL EVENT)

Is code colorblind? Can artificial intelligence predict prejudice and prevent discrimination? How can technology companies protect human rights and promote equality?

To launch the Tanner Humanities Center's 2020-2021 series on "Technology and the Humanities," Ruha Benjamin will join Tanner Humanities Center Director Erika George for a Tanner Talk on the intersections of race, justice and technology.

Ruha Benjamin is a Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and founder of the Just Data Lab. Her work analyzes the social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine. Her books include: Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code (2019), Captivating Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life (2019, editor), and People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier (2013).

Erika George is the Director of the Tanner Humanities Center and the Samuel D. Thurman Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. Her research focuses on human rights and international law. Her book Incorporating Rights, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, examines strategies to advance corporate accountability.

George has testified before the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and is a leading voice on conversations about equity, diversity, and inclusion on the U campus and in our community.  


Last Updated: 3/31/21