Winton Chair in the Liberal Arts

The Winton Chair in the Liberal Arts was established in October 1987 to encourage “innovative, distinctive research in the liberal arts” with the special directive that the chair be held by individuals whose research or creative work “questions established patterns of thought.”

The benefactors, David Michael Winton and Penny Rand Winton, expressed interest in supporting individuals whose work challenges cultural paradigms and represents important breaks from dominant patterns of thought.

Past Winton Chairs

Recent Cornerstone Events

 

Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor 

October 2019

Winton Cornerstone 2019
Winton Cornerstone 2019

The U.S. has always used its most cutting-edge science and technology to contain, investigate, discipline and punish the destitute. Like the county poorhouse and scientific charity before them, digital tracking and automated decision-making hide poverty from the middle-class public and give the nation the ethical distance it needs to make inhumane choices: which families get food and which starve, who has housing and who remains homeless, and which families are broken up by the state. In this lecture, journalist and political science professor Virginia Eubanks discusses the ongoing issues raised in her award-winning book on the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America. Join us for a timely and important conversation about data-based discrimination and how technology affects civil and human rights and economic equality.

 

All Hail the Algorithm: Screening and Discussion with Virginia Eubanks and multimedia journalist Ali Rae

October 2019

Winton Cornerstone 2019
Winton Cornerstone 2019

What are algorithms? Can these invisible codes be trusted? Are algorithms growing too powerful? Join us for a screening of the new Al Jazeera English series *All Hail the Algorithm*, produced by journalist Ali Rae. Traveling from New York to Kenya to Mexico, Rae examines issues of algorithmic fairness, data colonialism, online political manipulation, and biometrics--and what we can do to design a better future.

A discussion will follow, led by Virginia Eubanks, Associate Professor of Political Science at SUNY-Albany and author of the award-winning 2018 book *Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor*, and multimedia journalist and filmmaker Ali Rae.