Weapons of Math Destruction: CP Snow Lecture with Cathy O'Neil

In this talk, Cathy will expose the mathematical models that shape our future, both as individuals and as a society. These “weapons of math destruction” score teachers and students, sort résumés, grant (or deny) loans, evaluate workers, target voters, set parole, and monitor our health.

Cathy O'Neil is a data scientist and author of the blog mathbabe.org. She earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard and taught at Barnard College before moving to the private sector, where she worked for the hedge fund D. E. Shaw. She then worked as a data scientist at various start-ups, building models that predict people's purchases and clicks. O'Neil started the Lede Program in Data Journalism at Columbia and is the author of Doing Data Science. She appears weekly on the Slate Money podcast.

Her New York Times bestselling book "Weapons of Math Destruction" was a semifinalist for the National Book Award in 2016.

Sponsored by the Ithaca College C.P. Snow Lecture Series, bridging the humanities and the sciences since 1964.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7:30pm

Textor Hall, 101

Individuals who would like to request accessibility accommodations should contact iwoods@ithaca.edu. We ask that requests be made as soon as possible to ensure they can be met.

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School of Humanities and Sciences


Biology, Mathematics, Politics, Sociology



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