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Event Archives: 2017-2018

Fridays, January 19-April 27, 2018
STS Lunch Seminar Series
Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room | 12:00-1:15 pm
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Thursday, April 26, 2018
STEM Ethics Roundtable

Bromfield Pearson 6 | 4:30-5:30 pm
Sponsors: Tufts oSTEM, STS, Department of Philosophy

How are histories of (un)ethical practices relevant to STEM? How are these discussions incorporated in teaching and training at Tufts? Join oSTEM for a roundtable discussion on the many ethical dimensions of science and technology.

Monday, April 9, 2018
Infrastructures of Imprisonment: Invisible Women and the Carceral State
Michelle Jones (NYU American Studies)
in conversation with
Elizabeth Hinton (Harvard History/African and African American Studies)
Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room | 5:00-6:30pm
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Michelle Jones is a first-year doctoral student in the American Studies program New York University. She is a Research Fellow at the Charles Warren Center for American Studies at Harvard University. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Ball State University. Following graduation, Michelle completed a four-year seminary ministerial diploma from the University of the South. Her interest in history, women, race, and prisons led her for the last four years to participate with a group of incarcerated scholars in challenging the narratives of the history of women's prison. Incarcerated for twenty years, Michelle made the most of the academic platform given to publish and present her research findings and dispel notions of the reach and intellectual capacity of justice-involved women. Michelle's advocacy extends beyond the classroom. She is currently on the board of Constructing Our Future, a reentry alternative for women, created by incarcerated women in Indiana, wherein they are given access to rehabilitative programming, carpentry job skills and the means to earn their own home. Michelle is also the Entrepreneurship Development Director for The Ladies of Hope Ministries. In addition, she has presented legislative testimony on a reentry alternative she created for long-term incarcerated people that was approved by the Indiana State Interim Committee on the Criminal Code. Michelle is also an artist and is interested in finding ways to funnel her research pursuits into theater and dance, including writing an original play, "The Duchess of Stringtown," produced in fall 2017 in Indianapolis and New York (selected scenes).

Sponsors: STS, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, Tufts University Prison Initiative, Center for the Humanities at Tufts, Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, Department of History, Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and American Studies.

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Holding Algorithms Accountable

Cathy O'Neil (Author, Weapons of Math Destruction)
Tisch Library, Room 304 | 3:00 PM
Sponsors: Computer Science and STS

In this talk, mathematician, data scientist and author Cathy O'Neil will outline the kinds of problems we face with powerful, opaque, and unfair algorithms being deployed against workers, consumers, and citizens. She will talk about the technical approaches we could take to addressing the problems, with existing examples of algorithmic auditing as well existing holes in the literature. She will also discuss what kind of inquiry could or should take place in academia versus industry or Washington D.C.

Friday, October 27, 2017
[WGSS Faculty Research Colloquium]
The Evolution of Gender-typed Behaviors in the Human Species:
Understanding Sex Differences in Chimpanzees

Zarin Machanda (Tufts Anthropology)
Laminan Lounge, Olin Center | 2:00 PM
Sponsors: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and STS


Wild chimpanzees exhibit striking sex differences in their social relationships. Many of these differences can be linked to ways that the sexes interact with their environment. Male chimpanzees create strong social bonds with one another, engaging in more aggressive and cooperative behavior than do female chimpanzees. This talk will examine social and ecological factors that impact sex differences along with ways in which sex differences may be modified by the observation of other individuals in their group, placing in new context the evolution of gender-typed behaviors in the human species

August 7-11, 2017
Geometry of Redistricting Workshop

Somerville Theater | Tufts University Medford Campus
Sponsors: Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Program in Science, Technology, & Society, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life

A five day summer school mixing math, law, and civil rights, the Geometry of Redistricting Workshop aims to train mathematicians to be expert witnesses for court cases on redistricting and gerrymandering. Out of the five days of the August program, the first three days will be open to the public and made available online. Minicourses will cover the legal, historical, civil rights, and mathematical aspects of redistricting. For the last two days, three more specialized parallel tracks will be offered, focusing on (a) expert witnessing, (b) teaching, and (c) GIS. All three tracks will foreground the geometric considerations of the redistricting problem. Participants for the specialized tracks were chosen by an application process in March. Registration for the first three days opens June 1, 2017. For more details, tentative schedule, and list of speakers, please visit the Geometry of Redistricting website.