“Augmented Collective Intelligence: Hybrid Futures, Ethical Vigilance, and Imagining the Unimaginable”

Headshot of Prof. Renne Cummings

Professor Renée Cummings, a 2023 VentureBeat AI Innovator Award winner, is an artificial intelligence (AI), data and tech ethicist, and the first Data Activist-in-Residence, at the University of Virginia’s (UVA), School of Data Science, where she was named Professor of Practice in Data Science. She also serves as co-director of the Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN), at UVA. She is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution and the inaugural Senior Fellow, AI, Data and Public Policy, at All Tech Is Human (ATIH), a leading international think tank.

She’s also a distinguished member of the World Economic Forum Data Equity Council and the World Economic Forum AI Governance Alliance, an advisory council member for the AI & Equality Initiative at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and a member of the Global Academic Network, at the Center for AI and Digital Policy (CAIDP), Washington, DC. Professor Cummings is also a criminologist, criminal psychologist, therapeutic jurisprudence specialist, and a community scholar at Columbia University.

Most recently, she began serving as an advisor to the Center for News, Technology & Innovation (CNTI) which examines the impact of digital technologies on journalism, a free press and open access to quality information globally.

“Sociotechnical machines: a feminist overview of machine learning”

Headshot of Dr. Emily SpringerDr. Emily Springer is an AI and digital inclusion consultant in international development. Her clients include USAID, World Bank Africa Gender Innovation Lab, DAI, CARE, and International Center on Wheat and Maize Improvement. She currently serves as the emerging technologies consultant within the Gender and Human Rights technical division at UNFPA, specializing in feminist AI. Currently, Dr. Springer offers Ethical AI trainings 2x per year and provides custom trainings for organizations as needed. Previously, Dr. Springer worked with World Bank’s IFC as a strategy consultant for digitalization of African higher education institutions and worked at a Microsoft partner building relational database and automation solutions for enterprise clients. She is trained as an interdisciplinary sociologist and completed a postdoc at Arizona State University. In academia, she has taught graduate students in international development and social justice fields and, at ASU, she taught undergraduates about how machine learning changes not only our everyday interactions but also global geopolitical landscapes from a postcolonial perspective.

Panelist following screening of Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement

Headshot of Prof. Tammy BerberiDr. Tammy Berberi is an associate professor of French at the University of Minnesota Morris and serves the University of Minnesota President’s Initiative for Student Mental Health (PRISMH). Through service to professional organizations such as the Society for Disability Studies, the Modern Languages Association, and the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), Dr. Berberi has worked to advance the interdisciplinary field of disability studies as well as opportunities for disabled people in higher education.

The winter 2021 issue of L’Esprit Créateur, curated with Jennifer Row, reflects remarkable growth in French disability studies and complements an earlier themed issue of the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies undertaken with Christian Flaugh (summer 2016). With Elizabeth Hamilton and Ian Sutherland, Berberi co-edited Worlds Apart: Disability and Foreign Language Learning (Yale UP, 2008). She has since continued to develop the field of accessible and inclusive teaching praxis through recent chapters in Teaching Diversity and Inclusion in the French-Speaking Classroom (Routledge, 2021) and Honing Our Craft: World Language Teaching Today. (Klett World Languages, 2023). 

For her collaborative efforts to advance intercultural agility and understanding through community-engaged learning, Berberi was awarded the University of Minnesota President’s Award for Outstanding Service in 2019.

Panelist following screening of Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement

Headshot of Prof. David MartynDr. David Martyn is Professor of German Studies at Macalester College. He has published widely – and mostly in German – on German and French literature and philosophy from the 18th century to the present. Recent publications include a 750-page anthology of source texts on the history of secularization, a co-edited volume on the poetics of seriality, and a co-edited volume on short forms in literature and philosophy (Below Genre: Short Forms and their Affordances, in press). His current book project traces the illusion that literary texts can ever be written in a (single) language. At Macalester, he teaches courses in the Critical Theory Concentration on such topics as “Freedom and Its Discontents” and “Cyborgs, Puppets, and Borderline Humans.”

Panelist following screening of Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement

Headshot of Dr. Joan Ostrove

Dr. Joan M. Ostrove is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. Her current research examines the qualities of dominant group allies in the domains of disability and race, and the experiences of disabled people during COVID. Ostrove has co-edited special issues of the Journal of Social Issues and Disability Studies Quarterly. Her work has been published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Feminism & Psychology, and the Journal of Higher Education, among others. She is co-editor of Disability Alliances and Allies (2020).

Facilitator of Closing Roundtable

Headshot of Dr. Shilad SenDr. Shilad Sen is a Professor of Computer Science at Macalester College and a Principal Scientist for Microsoft. He studies the relationship between algorithms, software, and people and focuses on biases and inequalities along dimensions such as race, gender, and geography. Sen’s research has been recognized through grants from the National Science Foundation, best papers awards at top computer science conferences, and coverage in popular press venues including The Atlantic and The New York Times. He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota and Bachelor’s Degrees in Math and Saxophone Performance from Northwestern University.