The Eugene Weekly’s February 20 issue features a piece by UO M.A. alum Henry Houston on How We Became Our Data, the new book by Colin Koopman, UO Philosophy Associate Professor and Director of New Media & Culture. The article, “Blessed Be Thy Data” anticipates a book launch talk coming up on Thursday, February 27th at 6:30pm at the UO Law School, Room 110.
Camisha Russell, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, will be giving a CAS IR Talk “Race and Choice in the Era of Liberal Eugenics” on Monday, 2 March 2020, 3:30–5:00pm in the Knight Library Browsing Room.
Camisha joined the Department of Philosophy in 2017. She is currently Co-Editor of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. Her primary research and teaching interests are in Critical Philosophy of Race, Feminist Philosophy, and Bioethics. The Assisted Reproduction of Race is her first book. Other recent publications include “Rights-holders or refugees? Do gay men need reproductive justice” in Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online (2018) and “Eugenics” in The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Race (2017).
Talk abstract: What role does race play in assisted reproduction in a reproductive era of what we might call liberal eugenics? In this talk, I argue that this question can be addressed in terms of what Foucault called technologies of the self. By considering some examples of how identity features, including race, are used by people and couples in sperm donor selection, I show how these decisions (and their privatization) serve political (and indeed depoliticizing) purposes. Moreover, I suggest that pressure for racial matching in assisted reproduction serves not only to renaturalize notions of race, but to defend the new liberal eugenics by denying any racialized agenda.
A joint UO-OHSU interdisciplinary team was selected for funding to organize a series of workshops on topics in “Responsible Data Science: Social Impacts and Ethical Challenges”. The team includes Colin Koopman, Department of Philosophy; Nicolae Morar, Department of Philosophy & Environmental Studies; Kristen Bell, Law School; Ramon Alvarado, Department of Philosophy; and graduate student Paul Showler, Department of Philosophy. The OHSU side of the collaboration is headed up by bioethicist and neurologist Eran Klein along with computer scientist and ethicist Steven Bedrick. The team will deliver workshops for research faculty and their lab researchers on both campuses beginning this spring term. Topics will include: algorithmic bias & discrimination, data privacy, and the impacts of information systems in human agency & identity. Other projects funded through the Data Science Initiative are noted at AroundtheO: https://around.uoregon.edu/content/six-uo-researchers-awarded-data-science-seed-funding-grants?utm_source=ato01-21-20&utm_campaign=workplace.
Ramón Alvarado, assistant professor of Philosophy and an affiliate of UO’s Data Science Initiative, discusses his work in data ethics. He defines the concepts of big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence; and talks about the bias of algorithms and the emergence of surveillance capitalism.
At the end of Fall 2019, Annie Ring (philosophy doctoral student) and Audrey Saltarelli-Fayad (philosophy master’s student) succeeded in establishing a MAP (Minorities and Philosophy) Chapter here at the University of Oregon. Although MAP is primarily an organization for graduate students, the effort here will be to more fully integrate our undergraduate and graduate students.
The first event hosted by the chapter is scheduled to be held on Thursday January 16 from 4-5pm in 250C Susan Campbell Hall. ALL undergraduate philosophy students are invited to attend and participate. This will be the first meeting of a weekly reading group. The text being considered tonight is an article by Professors Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang titled “Decolonization is not a metaphor.”
You can read about the international MAP organization at http://www.mapforthegap.com/
Audrey has described the mission of the UO Chapter this way:
“Our goal with Map is two fold:
1) our goal is to amplify more marginalized voices in the field of philosophy and create a space for multicultural and intersectional discussions in relation to the field. Every week we will we will have a different article lead by a different grad student. The goal is to create a comfortable space were we are all able to discuss ideas as equals.
2) our second goal is to build better connections between grads and undergrads. The goal is to create a strong community among the students here at UO and to learn from each other and support each other in new and exciting ways.”
The goal of the chapter is one of inclusion, so everyone is invited and encouraged to participate. If you share the goal of a strong and inclusive community in our department, regardless of whether you come from an underrepresented group or not, please come and be assured that you will be entirely welcome.
Beata Stawarska has been appointed a 2020 Fellow at in South Africa (for Winter and Spring 2020). Stawarska will be working on a research project titled: The Morality of Martiality: Beyond Good and Evil in Liberation Struggles. More information is available at: https://stias.ac.za/fellows/beata-stawarska/
Beata Stawarska has been awarded the 2020-21 Robert F. and Evelyn Nelson Wulf Professorship in the Humanities by the Oregon Humanities Center at the University of Oregon. Stawarska will be developing an upper division undergraduate course: African Philosophies (PHIL 399), and she will teach the course in Fall 2020. She will also sponsor lectures by distinguished contemporary African philosophers in Fall 2020.
The DOI for the article can be found at: https://www.pdcnet.org/radphilrev/content/radphilrev_2019_0999_10_3_100