Student Events

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

ISSR Seminar | Custodians of the Internet: Platforms, Content Moderation, and the Hidden Decisions That Shape Social Media

Tarleton Gillespie’s Custodians of the Internet: Platforms, Content Moderation, and the Hidden Decisions That Shape Social Media investigates how social media platforms police what we post online—and the way these decisions shape public discourse, cultural production, and the fabric of society. Gillespie provides an overview of current social media practices and explains the underlying rationales for how, when, and why “content moderators” censor or promote user-posted content.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

SBS in DC Summer Internship Information Session

SBS in DC is a program that connects UMass Amherst College of Social & Behavioral Science majors with UMass alumni working in and around Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Social Science & Social Location Series | Gender in the Social Science Professions

Social institutions such as gender are widely recognized within the social sciences to affect the operation of the world we study. Yet gender also affects how we conduct our work as scholars, from how research is conducted, how networks of collaboration and esteem function within the profession, and many other aspects of our lives as scholars.

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Friday, October 26, 2018 - 12:00pm

Artificial Intelligence in the Open World: Discovering Blind Spots of AI (Social Science Matters: Technological Shifts and Social Change)

Despite advances in AI, machines still have limitations in accomplishing tasks that come naturally to humans. When AI systems are fielded in the open world, these limitations cause concerns around reliability, biases and trust. In this talk, Ece Kamar of the Adaptive Systems and Interaction Group at Microsoft Research will argue that hybrid systems that combine the strengths of machine and human intelligence is key to overcoming the limitations of AI algorithms and developing reliable systems.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Paradoxes of the Popular: Crowds and the Ambivalence of Resistance in Bangladesh

Nusrat S. Chowdhury is assistant professor of anthropology at Amherst College. She teaches and writes on popular sovereignty and political communication with particular focus on Bangladesh. Her book, Paradoxes of the Popular: Crowd Politics in Bangladesh (Stanford U Press 2019) makes an original case for the crowd as a defining feature and a foundational force of democratic practices in and beyond South Asia

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