Sneha Narayan is assistant professor of Computer Science at Carleton College. Before her current appointment, Narayan worked on a PhD in the Technology and Social Behavior program at Northwestern University. Her research is focused on understanding how technical systems foster participation and collaboration in decentralized volunteer communities such as Wikipedia and fan wikis.
Shilad Sen is a professor in the Department of Online Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science at Macalaster College. Sen studies member-maintained websites that empower Internet users to contribute information, such as photographs on flickr and articles on Wikipedia. He focuses on tagging systems, recommender systems, and combinations of the two.
Environmental policies and management strategies are more effective when they are informed by science than when they are not. However, there are some questions that science is not well suited to address, such as, “What aspects of the environment should be protected and to what level?” or “What level of risk is acceptable?”. Using examples from chemical risk assessment under US and EU legislation, Forbes will explore how science can inform decision making and when involvement of other disciplines and stakeholders is needed.
The Relentless Business of Treaties is a book that explores the economic and political motivations of those who, on behalf of the United States, negotiated and signed treaties with Indigenous nations. A public panel discussion among Indigenous scholars and the author will offer perspectives on the historical experience of Native American nations to frame the book and raise questions for exploration in this event, and the reading groups that will follow for those who are interested in participating. The topics will include discussions of how treaties were crafted to benefit the signers, and how they replaced a kinship-based and communal relationship to land with new ways of defining the relationship as property, subject to transaction and individual ownership.
With panelists Martin Case, C̣aƞte Máza (Neil McKay), and Becca Gercken. Reception to follow.