Events


Fall 2020 Center Events

November 9 and 10, 2020

Ethical Management of AI: A French-American Dialogue Virtual Symposium

Time:
8:45 am - 12:00 pm EST (Atlanta)
14h45 – 18h00 CET (France)

Location: Virtual Online

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A French-American dialogue on AI & privacy, trust, and human oversight in health and well-being

ABOUT THIS EVENT

Artificial intelligence (AI) models are now capable of collecting and analyzing enormously large datasets in ways that are challenging fundamental values embraced within Europe and the United States. Holding much promise in terms of increased productivity, efficiency, and quality time, AI programs and algorithms could function as an assistant, a peer, a manager, or even as a friend. Indeed, they might be so revolutionary that no one, regardless of whether they are consumers, citizens, patients, operators, or stakeholders, will remain unaffected.

The power of AI is such that it may jeopardize what it means to be human, whether people retain freedom of choice, and AI might reshape the relationship between humans and technology in society. The ethical issues emerging from AI are complex and quickly evolving. What follows is that identifying and implementing appropriate solutions can be difficult.

The approaches taken by France, the European Union and the United States to address these ethical issues are currently being defined and the governments are, in 2020, still considering options to maximize the potential of AI and big data while mitigating potential ethical harms.

This event is organized by the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Consulate General of France in Atlanta, the Emory University Center for Ethics, the Georgia Tech Ethics, Technology, and Human Interaction Center , the University of Nantes “Droit et Changement Social”(Law and Social Change) Research Center and DataSanté Research Program, SKEMA Business School, and French Tech Raleigh – Research Triangle, with the support of the Atlanta Office of the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in the United States and the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States.

October 29

Rothschild Lecture - Skin in the Game: American Jews, Whiteness, and the Contemporary Movement for Racial Justice

Time: 7:30 PM EST
Location: Live Online

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The 12th Annual Rothschild Lecture, hosted by the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies, will feature a conversation between Eric K. Ward, Executive Director of the Western States Center and nationally-recognized expert on the relationship between authoritarian movements, hate violence, and preserving inclusive democracy, and TIJS Judith London Evans Director Eric Goldstein, author of The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and American Identity.

Co-Sponsored by the Emory University: Department of Religion, Center for Ethics, Office of Spiritual & Religious Life, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Hightower Fund, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry

October 26

"An Interview with Dr. Carol Anderson on Voter Suppression" 

Time:4 - 5 PM EST
Location: Live Online

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"Voting is neither an obstacle course nor a privilage. It's a right."

Join us Monday, October 26 from 4 - 5 pm for a free digital engagement with Dr. Carol Anderson discussing voter suppression. Dr. Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy.

Moderated by Dr. Carol Henderson, Chief Diversity Officer, Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 

Summer 2020

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi: How to be an Antiracist
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
4 to 5:00 pm
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Dr. Ibram Kendi is a National Book Award Winner, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. As a key voice in the conversation about race in America, Dr. Kendi asks each of us to address the systemic racial inequities and injustice in America by learning how to be an antiracist. At this special live webcast, Dr. Kendi will discuss what is required from us – self-awareness, self-criticism, self-examination – to lead to policy change and make the vision of a just society a shared reality.

We are privileged to have as our moderator DR. CAROL ANDERSON, the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, a New York Times Bestseller.

The Emory University Center for Ethics recognizes the power of this moment in time and the call to action. This program is the inaugural event honoring Dr. James W. Fowler, the first full-time director of the Center for Ethics, who lived a life of scholarship, faith, service, and moral courage. The James Fowler Ethics Fund was created to honor Jim’s vision and engage others in continuing the work of the Center for Ethics to ignite moral imagination and courage through vital scholarship, engagement, and programs that lead to change. We invite your support for programs like this through the James Fowler Ethics Fund.

In the true spirit of Dr. Fowler’s vision of a just and moral society, we are delighted that our sister institutions join us in advancing equity, justice, and inclusion and work with us to build and sustain diverse learning communities:

Agnes Scott College – The Gay Johnson McDougall Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion

Georgia State University - Office of the Provost

Georgia Tech – Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Kennesaw State University – Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Mercer University – Office of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

Racial Health Disparities and COVID-19: Two Pandemics? 
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
4 to 5:30 pm
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Longstanding inequity in healthcare access and the influence of social determinants of health have become increasingly visible during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Particular racial and ethnic groups are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and the emerging racial disparity in rates of diagnosis and dying is startling.  Obtaining accurate, publicly available data on the prevalence of COVID-19 diagnosis, hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and deaths by race and ethnicity has been challenging.   Concern about availability of intensive care resources raises questions about fair allocation processes against the backdrop of health disparities and systemic racism.   In this continually evolving pandemic, what steps can we take now to deeply recognize and address disparity and to sustain action in the future?

Speakers:

  • James “Eddie” Black, MD, Medical Director of Emergency Services, Phoebe Putney Health System, Albany, Georgia
  • Nicole Franks, MD, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Emory and Chief Quality Officer, Emory University Hospital Midtown
  • Shivani Patel, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor, Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory
  • Nneka O. Sederstrom, PhD, MPH, MA, FCCP, FCCM, Director, Clinical Ethics Department, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
This is the second webinar in our “Post”-COVID-19 & Ethics Webinar Series, with the Healthcare Ethics Consortium.

Please join us for the Healthcare Ethics Consortium’s “Post”-COVID-19 & Ethics webinar series:

Ethics as a Resource During a Continually Evolving Public Health Emergency
Tuesday, July 7, 4:00 to 5:30

The last few months have presented many challenges as transmission of COVID-19 affected individual patients, families, healthcare providers, healthcare systems, and our communities at large. Healthcare providers have many stories to share addressing provision of care for increasing numbers of extremely ill patients, limitations on visitors, expansion of ICU bed availability, PPE access, an ever-evolving understanding of the virus, dedicated and weary staff, critical care resources, and more. Ethics has been, and continues to be, a resource in decision making around resource allocation processes, effective and transparent communication, provider safety in providing treatment, healthcare equity, and more.

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