KU Libraries to host lecture on data violence featuring Anna Lauren Hoffmann

KU Libraries will host a presentation by Anna Lauren Hoffmann, assistant professor with the Information School at the University of Washington, titled “Data Violence: Dignity and Vulnerability Beyond Algorithmic Discrimination.” The event, co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Office of Diversity and Equity, will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, at Watson Library, third floor West.

In the presentation, Hoffmann will look at the connections between big data, algorithms and automation, and the unjust distributions of rights, opportunities and material wealth. Hoffmann will explore the need to reckon with the symbolic and cultural violences extended and amplified by data-intensive technologies.

“We are excited to host Anna Lauren Hoffmann, as she is a pioneer in the area of data violence,” said Kevin L. Smith, dean of libraries. “This presentation will highlight the issues of fairness and bias in algorithmic systems, an important and ever-present subject for all students, researchers and scholars.”

Hoffmann’s research is situated at the intersections of data, technology, culture and ethics, and in particular, the ways in which the design and use of information technology can promote or hinder the pursuit of important human values like respect and justice. Her work has appeared in various scholarly journals like New Media & Society, The Library Quarterly, First Monday and JASIST, as well as popular outlets including The Guardian, Slate, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

The event will begin with a cocktail reception at 4:30 p.m., followed by the presentation beginning at 5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public; those who plan to attend should RSVP to Leah Hallstrom by March 12 at leahnel@ku.edu.

Africa, Haiti, and Latin America

In light of the President’s recent comments about Africa, Haiti, and Latin America, we would like to highlight resources related to those geographical areas. This list is not intended to be exhaustive, but it is meant to be a starting point for learning more about these areas of the world.

The African American Intellectual Historical Society has published a syllabus and supplementary reading list related to the current President and his administration.

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American, and Caribbean Collections at KU Libraries include nearly 500,000 titles; its collection on Central America alone is among the top three in the nation with 106,000 titles. It contains particularly strong holdings on Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Cuba, Haiti, and Mexico. The collection has extensive breadth in literature, language, culture, history, political science, economics, geography, and other fields in the social sciences and the humanities.

Librarians have created several research guides related to Latin American Studies as well as Spanish and Portuguese languages and literatures.

Recent Information on Haiti and El Salvador

The Economic Impact Of Trump’s Decision To End Protected Status For Salvadorans

Scholar Urges Trump to Study Haiti’s History

African Collection

Africana collections at KU Libraries include approximately 80,000 printed volumes. The Libraries receive over 1,000 serial publications, the predominant majority of which are available electronically. In addition to the regular collection of printed holdings, the Africana collections include maps and atlases, U.S. federal and international documents, microforms, videocassettes and DVD’s, digital resources, and several special collections of note.

Librarians have created several research guides related to African Studies.

The following resources are related to social justice issues in African countries:

Crimes against Albinos in Africa 

Albino killings in Africa [electronic resource] / by Camilla Folsach Madsen. [online resource]

White black boy [electronic resource] / [produced by] Fourhands Film ; [a film by] Camilla Magid. [online resource]

LGBTQI in Africa 

Stories of our lives : queer narratives from Kenya : from an archive of stories collected for the ’Stories of our lives’ research project / by the NEST Collective

Out in Africa [electronic resource] : LGBT organizing in Namibia and South Africa / Ashley Currier.

Male homosexuality in South Africa : identity formation, culture, and crisis / Gordon Isaacs and Brian McKendrick. [volume]

Under pressure : the regulation of sexualities in South African secondary schools / Deevia Bhana ; edited by John Marnell. [volume]

Country we want to live in : hate crimes and homophobia in the lives of black lesbian South Africans / Nonhlanhla Mkhize … [et al.]

God loves Uganda / a film by Roger Ross Williams ; a Full Credit Productions and Motto Pictures production ; Ford Foundation, ITVS and Independent Lens present ; directed and produced by Roger Ross Williams ; producer, Julie Goldman ; writers, Roger Ross [other, other]