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November 2020

The Awakening: Humanism and the Age of Reason, Charles Freeman and Samira Ahmed.

November 27 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom, Online United Kingdom

Join us for our first ever fully online event! Wherever you are, join us on Zoom for The Awakening: Humanism and the Age of Reason, with historian Charles Freeman and journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed. In recent years, a succession of authors have tried to mount a case for the Christian heritage of the West. Sometimes they argue that Christianity is the fount of all that is good in this world, or for the supremacy of Christian values over all others today. But do these partial accounts of history, starting just 2,000 years ago, miss the real story of human thought and achievement until now? In The Awakening, Charles Freeman

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December 2020

Data Action: Using Data for Public Good – Sarah Williams

December 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom, Online United Kingdom

Big data can be used for good—from tracking disease to exposing human rights violations—and for bad: implementing surveillance and control. Data inevitably represents the ideologies of those who control its use; data analytics and algorithms too often exclude women, the poor, and ethnic groups. In Data Action, Sarah Williams provides a guide for working with data in more ethical and responsible ways. Williams outlines a method that emphasizes collaboration among data scientists, policy experts, data designers, and the public. The approach generates policy debates, influences civic decisions, and informs design to help ensure that the voices of people represented in the data are neither marginalized nor left unheard.

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