Computational Empowerment Expert To Join Agnes Irwin As Visiting Scholar

Goldman Sachs Gives and Agnes Irwin announce partnership to support community engagement and events around the advancement of women and girls in technology

Meredith Broussard, associate professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University, research director at the NYU Alliance for Public Interest Technology, and nationally published writer with bylines in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Slate, has been appointed Visiting Scholar at The Agnes Irwin School (AIS) for the 2022-23 school year.

Broussard will serve as an ‘educator in residence’ at AIS for the 2022-23 academic year and work in partnership with school educators to provide enrichment programming for students through the sharing of her research and expertise in artificial intelligence, technology, and journalism—opening a portal to the world that will facilitate exploration of the opportunities and complexities of learning, living in and navigating in a globalized world.

Her charge will include developing and implementing new workshops, enrichment classes and other similar experiences for students across Agnes Irwin, facilitating community education events for school and local community families, providing professional development workshops for AIS faculty and professional staff, and collaborating with Agnes Irwin’s Center for the Advancement of Girls, Innovation Team, and Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging to support existing programming through action research at the school.

A pioneering researcher in the field of computational empowerment, Ms. Broussard combines perspectives and expertise from journalism, scholarly research, and technical work that sit at the intersection of technology, journalism, and ethics. She is the author of Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World (MIT Press). This book has been widely adopted as a foundational text in computational ethics, and was awarded the 2019 Hacker Prize from the Society for the History of Technology for the best popular book on the history of technology and the 2019 PROSE Award from the Association of American Publishers for the best book in computing & information sciences. Her writing credits include regular bylines in The New York Times, The Atlantic and Slate.

"We are excited to welcome Ms. Broussard to Agnes Irwin," said Sally Keidel, Head of School at Agnes Irwin. "Her current work, which focuses on the intersection of technology, journalism, and ethics will be of great benefit to our students.  We are especially grateful for the generosity of Goldman Sachs Gives for the gift they provided to spearhead this visiting scholar opportunity at our school.  Such experiences align with our mission to provide our students with real world learning and rigorous academic conversations”

The Agnes Irwin School and Goldman Sachs Gives are pleased to celebrate Ms. Broussard’s appointment, and wish her boundless success in the academic year ahead.

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