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New American Dream: Town Halls on Disrupting Systemic Racism – Revolutionary Design

What have the first two decades of the 21st century taught us about systemic racism in the United States, and what new visions of democracy and racial justice are needed to reclaim, revitalize, and redefine the American Dream?

NEW AMERICAN DREAM, April 28 through May 26 on Wednesdays, is a five-week series of virtual forums that will gather thought leaders from across the country to discuss the impact of white supremacy and structural racism on America today. The event will also explore ways to make the nation’s policies and culture more accountable to its democratic ideals.

NEW AMERICAN DREAM will examine systemic racism in relation to five pillars of contemporary society: voting rights, artificial intelligence and genetic data, journalism, antiracism, and cultural narrative. The focus is on strategies and solidarity, with an understanding of history and eyes toward the future.

REVOLUTIONARY DESIGN: Conceiving a Future Forged with Antiracist Technology is a conversation with five leaders who work to bring human rights and racial justice to artificial intelligence and genetic data.

With Dr. Rumman Chowdhury, Nicole Martinez-Martin, PD, PhD, Mutale Nkonde, Roya Pakzad, and Dr. Kim TallBear (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate). Moderated by Karen Hao. Opening performance by Vernon Reid.

About the Panelists

Dr. Rumman Chowdhury is a pioneer in the field of applied algorithmic ethics, working with C-suite clients to create cutting-edge solutions for ethical, explainable, and transparent AI. She is the founder and CEO of Parity, an enterprise algorithmic audit platform company. Her passion lies at the intersection of AI and humanity, and she has shaped policy through advisement or testimony to the House of Lords, the Federal Trade Commission, the U.N., the NYC Algorithmic Commission, and others. Learn more: Dr. Rumman Chowdhury

Nicole Martinez-Martin, PhD, JD, is Assistant Professor at Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, Dept. of Pediatrics, secondary appointment at Dept. of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Stanford University. Her graduate research included the study of cross-cultural approaches to mental health services in the Latinx community and the use neuroscience in criminal cases. Her work in bioethics and neuroethics has focused on the use of AI and digital health approaches for mental health applications. Learn more: Nicole Martinez-Martin 

Mutale Nkonde is the founder of AI For the People, a nonprofit communications firm. AFP creates content that empowers audiences to combat racial bias in tech, including a film with Amnesty International to support Ban the Scan, a global push to ban facial recognition. Previously, while working in AI Governance, Nkonde was on the team that introduced the Algorithmic Accountability Act, the DEEP FAKES Accountability Act, and the No Biometric Barriers to Housing Act to the U.S. Congress. Learn more: Mutale Nkonde

Roya Pakzad is the founder and director of Taraaz, a research and advocacy organization working at the intersection of technology and human rights. She is also an affiliated scholar at UC Berkeley’s CITRIS Policy Lab. Previously, she was a research associate and project leader at Stanford University’s Global Digital Policy Incubator, and worked with Stanford’s Iranian Studies program on the role of technology and human rights in Iran. In 2019, she was a resident fellow on AI at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center.

Dr. Kim TallBear (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) is Associate Professor, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta, and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience & Environment. She is building a research hub in Indigenous Science, Technology, and Society. TallBear is author of Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science (University of Minnesota Press, 2013). Her Indigenous STS work recently turned to also address decolonial and Indigenous sexualities. Learn more: Dr. Kim TallBear

MODERATOR: Karen Hao. The senior AI editor at MIT Technology Review, Karen Hao covers the field’s cutting-edge research and impacts on society. Her weekly newsletter, The Algorithm, was named one of the best newsletters on the Internet in 2018 by The Webby Awards. She co-produces the podcast, In Machines We Trust, which won a 2020 Front Page Award. Previously, she was a tech reporter and data scientist at Quartz. In a past life, she was an application engineer at the first startup to spin out of Alphabet’s X.

Opening Performer Vernon Reid

Vernon Reid is a Grammy award-winning guitarist, composer, and visual artist. He is co-founder of the pioneering multiplatinum rock band, Living Colour, and co-founder of the Black Rock Coalition. His collaborators have included Carlos Santana, Public Enemy, Salif Keita, Bill T. Jones, and other virtuoso artists. Ranked one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time by Rolling Stone, Reid has done a great deal to topple expectations of what kind of music Black artists ought to play.

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Curated by Brian Tate.

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