From our home to yours, we're transmitting digital dispatches from After Dark at the Exploratorium. Tune in each week for a free online revue of thoughtful and innovative science, arts and perceptual experiences. From compelling conversation and hidden histories to hands-on how-tos and breaking science news, After Dark Online serves a cocktail of curiosity to supplement your screen time.
July 2: Racism in Science--Udodiri R. Okwandu, a doctoral student in the history of science at Harvard University, recounts the medicalization of civil rights protests. Then, Duana Fullwiley, Ph.D., Associate Professor of the department of anthropology at Stanford University, and Exploratorium Senior Scientist Julie Yu, Ph.D., investigate the connections between racism and genetic study.
July 9: COVID-19 Demographics and Public Health Updates--Exploratorium Senior Scientist Jennifer Frazier, Ph.D., and Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the UCSF and Co-Founder of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, explore why the pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on African American, Latino, and Native American communities, and what steps we can take to address this.
July 16: Algorithmic Accountability--AI policy analyst and researcher Mutale Nkonde and Timnit Gebru, Ph.D., a research scientist in ethical AI, reveal the bias at work in algorithms and facial recognition technologies. A spoken word piece, AI Ain't I a Woman by Joy Buolamwini, highlights the ways in which AI can misinterpret the images of iconic black women.