Each semester, the group will engage with a recently published text that explores technology and implications on society, health and well-being. This semester, the reading is Matthew Rafalow’s “Digital Divisions: How Schools Create Inequality in the Digital Age” (University of Chicago, 2020), which explores racial and socio-economic dimensions of access to digital technologies in schools.
The inaugural virtual meeting, which is open to Pitt staff, faculty and students, will be from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 27 and will include a facilitated discussion of the introduction and Chapters 1 and 2 of Rafalow’s text. Register here.
This virtual gathering will be followed with a Nov. 13 discussion of the remainder of the text and a Nov. 17 lecture by Rafalow, who is a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society and a social scientist at Google.
Rafalow’s text is available for free as an eBook through the University Library System and students can enter a drawing for a free print copy of the book by registering.
Ruha Benjamin’s “Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code” (Polity Press, 2019) will be the book selection for the spring 2020 semester.