- UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Data Scientist and Bestselling Author Cathy O’Neil’s The Shame Machine: Who Profits in the New Age of Humiliation
- O’Neil’s work was featured in the acclaimed documentary The Social Dilemma
- Her bestselling book Weapons of Math Destruction was a National Book Award semifinalist
- This presentation is part of the 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative and Justice For All series
- Tuesday, May 3rd / 7:30 p.m. Pacific / Campbell Hall
- FREE Event (registration required)
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UCSB Arts & Lectures presents data scientist and bestselling author Cathy O’Neil’s The Shame Machine: Who Profits in the New Age of Humiliation on Tuesday, May 3rd at 7:30 p.m. pacific at Campbell Hall. This presentation is part of the 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative and Justice For All series.
Mathematician and data scientist Cathy O’Neil explores the realities and dangers of social networking, the consequences of algorithm design, and defending human dignity in the context of predatory capitalism. Her bestselling book Weapons of Math Destruction was a semifinalist for the National Book Award, and her expertise was featured in the acclaimed documentary The Social Dilemma. Her new book, The Shame Machine, offers unparalleled insight about shame, its relationship to power, and how to cultivate dignity in an age of social media and hyper-partisan politics.
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ABOUT CATHY O’NEIL
“A thoughtful blend of social and biological science, history, economics, and sometimes contrarian politics.” Kirkus Reviews
Cathy O’Neil earned a Ph.D. in math from Harvard and worked as a math professor at Barnard College before switching over to the private sector, working as a quant for the hedge fund D.E. Shaw and as a data scientist in the New York start-up scene. She is a regular contributor to Bloomberg Opinion and in 2016 wrote the book Weapons of Math Destruction: how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy. She is the CEO of ORCAA, an algorithmic auditing company, is a member of the Public Interest Tech Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her new book The Shame Machine: who profits in the new age of humiliation is coming out in March 2022.
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Cathy O’Neil is presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures in association with the UCSB Center for Black Studies Research, Center for Information Technology and Society, Center for Responsible Machine Learning, Data Science Initiative, Department of Computer Science, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, the Department of Statistics & Applied Probability, and Goleta Valley Library.
FREE Event (registration required).
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Part of the Justice for All Series. Lead Sponsors: Marcy Carsey, Connie Frank & Evan Thompson, Zegar Family Foundation, and Anonymous
UCSB Arts & Lectures gratefully acknowledges our Community Partners the Natalie Orfalea Foundation & Lou Buglioli for their generous support of the 2021-2022 season.