Identity & Computing Lecture Series: Understanding Racism and Bias in Computing

Both computing departments and tech organizations have long struggled with creating equitable and inclusive environments for people of diverse identities. Both 2021 and 2021 highlighted the dangers of not understanding identity and its impact on computing environments as well as technology. The Identity & Computing Lecture Series features guest speakers with expertise in topics related to identity and computing.

Each event will be held live via Zoom and is open to all members of the Duke community (faculty, staff, and students).

This series is funded by the Duke Office for Faculty Advancement's Faculty Seed Grant (led by PI Dr. Nicki Washington and Co-PI Dr. Xiaowei Yang).

2021-2022 Speakers

September 20, 2021 (4:30-5:30pm EST): Dr. Safiya U. Noble

  • "Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism"

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September 27, 2021 (4-5pm EST): Dr. Michele Williams

  • "Accessibility is not new, and neither is ableism: Dispelling disability myths and putting accessibility into action"

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February 21, 2022 (5-6pm EST): Dr. Ruha Benjamin

  • "Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code"

March 21, 2022 (4-5pm EST): Dr. Ebony McGee

  • "Racism and Bias in Computing"

March 28, 2022 (4-5pm EST): Dr. Sasha Constanza-Chock

  • "Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need"