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A University Lecture on Mathematics, Data Science, Finance, and Public Life

CathyONeilPoster-page-001Economics Professor Abigail Hornstein writes in:

Cathy O’Neil earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard University, was a post-doc at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Mathematics Department, and was a professor at Barnard College, where she published a number of research papers in arithmetic algebraic geometry. She then switched over to the private sector, working as a quant for the hedge fund D. E. Shaw in the middle of the credit crisis, and next for RiskMetrics, a software company that assesses risk for the holdings of hedge funds and banks. She left finance in 2011 and started working as a data scientist in the New York start-up scene; she then launched the Lede Program in Data Journalism at Columbia in 2014. O’Neil is a weekly guest on the Slate Money podcast. She co-wrote the book Doing Data Science (2013) and is the author of a new book, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy (Random House, September 2016), about the dark side of big data.

Please contact the organizers with any questions: David Constantine (math), Abigail Hornstein (economics), and Chris Rasmussen (math)

Date: Thursday, April 21
Time: 8-9 PM
Place: Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (CFA)

The Diane Weiss ’80 Memorial Lecture: Sex, Gender and Public Life

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You might hear the terms “sex” and “gender” tossed around quite a bit at Wesleyan— but why exactly do these continue to be such pressing issues in our country’s public sphere?  Alanna Greco ’13 invites you to, perhaps, find out why, as the 26th annual Diane Weiss memorial explores this topic :

The Diane Weiss ’80 Memorial Lecture is an annual FGSS lecture that
the family of one of the first Women’s Studies majors at Wesleyan
endowed in her memory. This year, “Sex, Gender and Public Life”
explores both why sex and gender remain such persistent issues in the
U.S. public sphere, and also why they remain persistently separated
from issues of government and economics in that same public
discourse.

Date: Tuesday, April 16
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: Pac 001
Cost: Free

Roth Cognizant of Student Activism

President Roth’s supposedly been off campus lately on vacation, but it seems that he’s caught up pretty quickly.  His latest Huffington Post piece definitely makes it seem that he’s aware of the activist events going on around campus lately.:

I was an undergraduate in the seventies, and my education included more than a little protest and activism. I was aware that my liberal arts school had a reputation for activism, and I was proud to be part of it. I returned to Wesleyan University as president more than four years ago, and even though now some of this activism is directed against me, I still take pride in this tradition of alma mater.

It’s subtle, but it seems like Roth might approve of activism even when he is the target of it (WSA Meeting @ Beta, Rally at Trustee’s Meeting).  The statement is too indirect to tell whether that means Roth will respond positively to the student demands, but he seems to be actually encouraging the activism rather than shutting it down.   So go put up your tents, sign your petitions, and rally in front of your trustees, ‘cuz Roth likes it.

Also, in case anyone was wondering how to explain their certificate program to their potential employers/parents, Roth sums it up as an “interdisciplinary minor.”

The rest of his post, focusing on the relationship between scholarship and public life, can be found here.