Utopia, Dystopia or… Ustopia? Reckoning with the Future of Technology & Society featuring Dr. Ruha Benjamin

Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Higgins Welcome Center, Hope Room
45 Upper College Rd, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA

Ruha Benjamin is the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, founding director of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab, and author of the award-winning book Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code, among many other publications. Her work investigates the social dimensions of science, medicine, and technology with a focus on the relationship between innovation and inequity, health and justice, knowledge and power. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Marguerite Casey Foundation Freedom Scholar Award and the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton. Her most recent book, Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want, winner of the 2023 Stowe Prize, was born out of the twin plagues of COVID-19 and police violence and offers a practical and principled approach to transforming our communities and helping us build a more just and joyful world. Ruha's forthcoming book Imagination: A Manifesto will be released in February 2024.

February 22 at 5 pm in-person at Hope Room, Welcome Center and streaming live on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Youtube.

Sponsored by Harrington School of Communication and Media, Center for Computational Research, College of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Provost, College of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy, College of Engineering, College of Business, and Department of Political Science

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The lecture will be streaming live on the Harrington School of Communication and Media's Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Youtube. A link to the stream will be sent to registrants at least 24 hours in advance of the event. 

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