The Stratton Lecture: How will AI impact women?

Wednesday, March 06, 2024 at 11:30am to 1:00pm

Building E51, 115
70 MEMORIAL DR, Cambridge, MA 02142

How will AI affect the live of women in terms of healthcare, bias and careers?

Join us and our panel of speakers as we explore the unique issues facing women with the development of AI.

MIT Wong Auditorium
Tang Center
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Keynote: Professor Marzyeh Ghassemi, MIT CSAIL


Puja Balaji, Co-President of MITxHarvard Women in AI

Kade Crockford, Director of the Technology for Liberty Program at the ACLU of Massachusetts

Moderator: Amy Brand, Director and Publisher, MIT Press

Our keynote speaker:

Dr. Marzyeh Ghassemi is an Assistant Professor at MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and Institute for Medical Engineering & Science (IMES), and a Vector Institute faculty member holding a Canadian CIFAR AI Chair and Canada Research Chair. She holds MIT affiliations with the Jameel Clinic and CSAIL. Professor Ghassemi holds a Herman L. F. von Helmholtz Career Development Professorship and was named a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar and one of MIT Tech Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35. Prior to her PhD in Computer Science at MIT, she received an MSc. degree in biomedical engineering from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar, and B.S. degrees in computer science and electrical engineering as a Goldwater Scholar at New Mexico State University.


Remarks by:

Kade Crockford, Director of the Technology for Liberty Program at the ACLU of Massachusetts and former MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow. Kade works to protect and expand core First and Fourth Amendment rights and civil liberties in the digital 21st century, focusing on how systems of surveillance and control impact not just the society in general but their primary targets—people of color, Muslims, immigrants, and dissidents. The Information Age produces conditions facilitating mass communication and democratization, as well as dystopian monitoring and centralized control. The Technology for Liberty Program aims to use our unprecedented access to information and communication to protect and enrich open society and individual rights by implementing basic reforms to ensure our new tools do not create inescapable digital cages limiting what we see, hear, think, and do.


Puja Balaji ’24 an MEng student in the lab of John Guttag at MIT. She received her B.S. in Computer Science from MIT where she was Co-President of MITxHarvard Women in AI and Co-Captain of the MIT Women's Club Soccer team. She is excited about harnessing AI to make an impact and promoting inclusive environments.


Moderated by:

Amy Brand, director and publisher of the MIT Press, one of the largest university presses in the world, and an important figure in open access publishing. The MIT Press is well known for its publications in emerging fields of scholarship and its pioneering use of technology. Brand’s career spans a wide array of experiences in academia and scholarly communications. She received her doctorate in cognitive science from MIT and has held a number of positions in scholarly communications, publishing, and open information access at MIT, Digital Science, and Harvard before returning to the press in 2015 to serve as director. She was executive producer of the Emmy-nominated documentary Picture a Scientist, a 2020 selection of the Tribeca Film Festival that highlights gender inequality in science. Some of Dr. Brand’s awards include the Laya Wiesner Community Award, the American Association for the Advancement of Science Kavli Science Journalism Gold Award, and the Award for Meritorious Achievement issued by the Council of Science Editors.




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women, healthcare, ai, bias



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