The Color of Technology
Featuring Guest Speaker Dr. Ruha Benjamin (Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University)
Moderated by Dr. Ayanna Howard (Dean of the College of Engineering, Ohio State University)
Sponsored by the Ohio State Center for Ethics and Human Values (CEHV), Ohio State Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center at Cuyahoga Community College.
Ruha Benjamin is a professor of African American Studies at Princeton University who has studied the social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine for over fifteen years and speaks widely on issues of innovation, equity, health, and justice in the U.S. and globally. She is a Faculty Associate in the Center for Information Technology Policy, Program on History of Science, Center for Health and Wellbeing, Program on Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Department of Sociology. Additionally, she serves on the Executive Committees for the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and Center for Digital Humanities.
One of Benjamin’s books, Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code, examines the relationship between machine bias and systemic racism, analyzing specific cases of “discriminatory design” and offering tools for a socially-conscious approach to tech development. It was awarded Brooklyn Public Library’s 2020 Nonfiction Prize.