HFSGS Graduate Symposium "Speculative Futures" with Keynote Amelia Winger-Bearskin

October 05, 2021

The Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies presents the annual Graduate Symposium SPECULATIVE FUTURES November 19 + 20

This symposium will consider how contemporary artists render algorithmic harms visible, and imagine speculative futures optimized for just outcomes. Inspired by the work of Amelia Winger-Bearskin, an artist who innovates with artificial intelligence in ways that make a positive impact on her community and the environment, Algorithmic Justice League, Morehshin Allahyari, Kate Crawford, and Stephanie Dinkins, as well as scholarship on algorithmic oppression by Ruha Benjamin, Safiya Noble, and others.

The two-day event will facilitate conversations on the ethical, environmental, political, social, and economic impacts of artificial intelligence and machine learning for artists, designers, makers, writers, researchers, and cultural workers.

Keynotes: Amelia Winger-Bearskin and Mashinka Firunts Hakopian

Amelia Winger-Bearskin is an artist who innovates with artificial intelligence in ways that make a positive impact on our community and the environment. She is a Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Chair and Associate Professor of Artificial Intelligence and the Arts, at the Digital Worlds Institute at the University of Florida. She is the inventor of Honor Native Sky, a project for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture: Honor Native Land Initiative. She founded Wampum.Codes which is both an award-winning podcast and an ethical framework for software development based on indigenous values of co-creation. Wampum.codes was awarded a Mozilla Fellowship embedded at the MIT Co-Creation Studio from 2019-2020 and was featured at the 2021 imagineNative festival. She continued her research in 2021 at Stanford University as their artist and technologist in residence made possible by the Stanford Visiting Artist Fund in Honor of Roberta Bowman Denning (VAF).

In 2019 she was an invited presenter to His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama, at his World Headquarters in Dharamsala for the Summit on Fostering Universal Ethics and Compassion. In 2018 she was awarded a MacArthur/Sundance Institute fellowship for her 360 video immersive installation in collaboration with the artist Wendy Red Star (supported by the Google JUMP Creator program). The non-profit she founded IDEA New Rochelle, in partnership with the New Rochelle Mayor’s Office, won the 2018 $1 Million Dollar Bloomberg Mayor’s Challenge for their VR/AR Citizen toolkit to help the community co-design their city. In 2018 she was awarded the 100k Alternative Realities Prize for her Virtual Reality Project from Engadget and Verizon Media. Amelia is the founder of the stupidhackathon.com.

Amelia is Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation of Oklahoma, Deer Clan.

Keynotes will be Livestreamed Live Captioning Will be Provided

All lectures in the Graduate Lecture Series will be presented on
PNCA LiveVideo, PNCA’s YouTube channel

Free and Open to the public. All are welcome to attend.