The 22nd Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit is happening on Jan 25th. The theme this year is 1492-2020: Decolonize Our Histories to Reclaim Our Humanity.
(Note: this is not a PFC-produced event although one of our Board members will be speaking - see below.)
The Summit’s goal is to underscore the necessity and importance of critically re-evaluating our respective histories, specifically colonization, how it has caused widespread dehumanization and exploitation throughout global and local history, and its link to modern racial justice issues. Workshops and panels will confront historical and modern racial issues, including social, economic, political, immigration, and environmental justice.
Here is the link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/22nd-annual-pittsburgh-racial-justice-summit-tickets-86131097431
PRJS is seeking volunteers for a few different roles: registration, set-up, clean-up, room monitors, etc. If you are interested in any of these roles please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Date and Time: Sat, January 25, 2020 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM EST
Location: Pittsburgh Theological Seminary 616 N Highland Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15206
PFC Board member Alex Jackson will be giving a talk in the morning on big data and racial bias: " How our colonized past influences the algorithms of our future." Alex explains: data is being collected, analyzed, and implemented in every corner of our lives, and machine learning is changing the way we make decisions. However, these new technologies have not gone uninfluenced from a history of discrimination against people of color. We will look at specific case examples of algorithms and the most dangerous areas in health, criminal justice, and education where they are being implemented. We will then discuss avenues for ethical AI, how machine learning could be used for good, and how individuals and concerned groups can get more information.