President's Dream Colloquium Talk: Dr. Cathy O'Neil

October 26, 2017

The President's Dream Colloquium, hosted by WWEST Chair Dr. Lesley Shannon, takes place September 13-November 23, and one of the talks will be by Dr. Cathy O'Neil. This talk is entitled, "Gender and Bias in Algorithmic Design."

We invite you to join the PDC for “Women in Technology: Attracting, Retaining and Promoting Diverse Talent” to explore strategies for advancing diversity in the technology sector, critically analyze the culture that has supported a foundation of inequality therein, and engage in multidisciplinary dialogue about the value of creating more space for women and other under-represented groups in technology.

Dr. Cathy O’Neil is the author of the blog and several books, including Weapons of Math Destruction. She was the former Director of the Lede Program in Data Practices at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Tow Center, and was employed as the Data Science Consultant at Johnson Research Labs.

O’Neil attended UC Berkeley as an undergraduate, received a Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard University in 1999, and afterward held positions in the mathematics departments of MIT and Barnard College. She left academia in 2007, and worked for four years in the finance industry.

Weapons of Math Destruction was nominated for the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

Date: October 26
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Cost: $5 for students and $15 for the general public
Location: Joseph & Rosalie Segal Centre
SFU Harbour Centre Room 1400
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

Registration: please reserve a seat here