Spring 2020 IDEA Book Club: Weapons of Math Destruction

The I.D.E.A. (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Awareness) Book Club is co-sponsored by the Clemson University Office of Inclusion and Equity, Clemson University Libraries, and the Office of Research Compliance to read and discuss books that expand our awareness of equity and diversity in the world around us.

The group will meet every other week starting on Wednesday, January 29 from 11:30 – 1:00 in the Cooper Library Brown Room to discuss a few chapters of the book Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil. You can read about her current work at her website https://mathbabe.org/ and listen to a podcast hosted by Teaching in Higher Ed featuring O’Neil and the book.

All events will take place in the Brown Room of the Cooper Library from 11:30am – 1:00pm. Attend all or any of the discussions you are able:

  • Wednesday, January 29
  • Wednesday, February 12
  • Wednesday, February 26
  • Wednesday, March 11

Copies of Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy are on reserve for 1-week checkout (and can be renewed) at the Cooper Library Services Desk. If you want to purchase your own copy, visit: Amazon or IndieBound.

Current and previous IDEA book club information can be found on the LibGuide.

About the author: Cathy O’Neil earned a Ph.D. in math from Harvard, was a postdoc at the MIT math department, and a professor at Barnard College where she published a number of research papers in arithmetic algebraic geometry. She then switched over to the private sector, working as a quant for the hedge fund D.E. Shaw in the middle of the credit crisis, and then for RiskMetrics, a risk software company that assesses risk for the holdings of hedge funds and banks. She left finance in 2011 and started working as a data scientist in the New York start-up scene, building models that predicted people’s purchases and clicks. She wrote Doing Data Science in 2013 and launched the Lede Program in Data Journalism at Columbia in 2014. She is a regular contributor to Bloomberg View and wrote the book Weapons of Math Destruction: how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy. She recently founded ORCAA, an algorithmic auditing company.

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