Ruha Benjamin speaker portrait

Sociologist Ruha Benjamin appears in New York City on Nov. 20, 2023 in conversation with acclaimed interviewer and cultural interlocutor Paul Holdengräber.

Ruha Benjamin will speak in conversation with Holdengräber about ethics in AI and the role these algorithms play in shaping our world, through their impacts on equity, justice, and power distribution. Benjamin is the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, founding director of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab, and author of the award-winning book Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code, among many other publications. Her work investigates the social dimensions of science, medicine, and technology with a focus on the relationship between innovation and inequity, health and justice, knowledge and power. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Marguerite Casey Foundation Freedom Scholar Award and the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton. Her most recent book, Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want, winner of the 2023 Stowe Prize, was born out of the twin plagues of COVID-19 and police violence and offers a practical and principled approach to transforming our communities and helping us build a more just and joyful world.

Location: Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice, New York City
Time: 6 p.m. ET