Past Events

Film Discussion: Coded Bias

When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that many facial recognition technologies fail more often on darker-skinned faces or the faces of women than others, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in the technology that shapes our lives

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 6:00pm

Toxic Positivity: The Good, Bad and the Made Pretty Signature Lecture feat. Nora McInerny

“Keep your chin up.” “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” “Good vibes only.” These phrases, while well-intentioned, can teach each other to hide, even ignore the emotions we’ve deemed “negative.” But the truth is, sadness, grief, fear and anger are part of what it means to be alive, and possibly more importantly, necessary to understand one’...

Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 6:00pm

Film Screening: Mr. SOUL!

Before Oprah, before Arsenio, there was Ellis Haizlip—Mr. SOUL! On the heels of the civil rights movement, the public television variety show SOUL!, offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics—voices that had few other options for national television exposure. Guided by the enigmatic producer...

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 6:00pm

Humanity 101 on the Homefront: Anti-Racist Parenting

Despite the prevailing myth that children are blank slates who don’t see color, research confirms that as early as 6 months old, babies recognize race-based differences and that by ages 2 to 4, children internalize racial bias. Still, too many parents along the racial identity spectrum avoid...

Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 6:00pm