Fei-Fei Li, Stanford University

What We See and What We Value: AI with a Human Perspective

October 26, 2023

2022 Tanner Lecture on Artificial Intelligence and Human Values

Fei-Fei Li of Stanford University will deliver the 2022 Tanner Lecture on Human Values and Artificial Intelligence this fall at...

Alejandra Oliva, essayist, embroiderer, and translator

You Can’t Translate What You Can’t See: Between Languages in the U.S. Immigration System

April 21, 2022

How are power structures and empathy implicated in translation? What do we owe asylum seekers, and the stories they bring? What does it mean to bear witness, or to take action? Based on her experiences as an observer...

Ian Phillips, Johns Hopkins University

Perception, Action, and Experience: Retying the Golden Braid

April 12, 2022

Intuitively, our mental life involves, as Andy Clark evocatively puts it, “a seamless unfolding of perception, action and experience: a golden braid in which each element twines intimately with the rest.” Cognitive...

James McAuley, columnist for The Washington Post

Jewish Survival and Holocaust Memory: Salo Baron and the Twentieth Century

April 7, 2022

This talk will examine the life and thought of Salo Baron, one of the great twentieth-century historians who was among the first to bring Jewish Studies to the American university. The talk will trace Baron’s...

David Chalmers, New York University

The Meta-Problem of Consciousness

March 29, 2022

The hard problem of consciousness is the problem of explaining how physical systems give rise to subjective experience. The hard problem typically contrasts with the easy problems of explaining behavior. However,...

Joshua Tenenbaum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

What Kind of Computation Is Cognition?

March 8, 2022

Recent successes in artificial intelligence have been largely driven by neural networks and other sophisticated machine learning tools for pattern recognition and function approximation. But human intelligence is ...

Juliette Cherbuliez, University of Minnesota

Medea: A Manifesto

March 3, 2022

Despite the propensity by philosophers and political theorists for mining Greek tragedy in search of models of effective moral action, few have explored Medea as a salutary icon of positive action. In this talk, I...

Lori Gruen, Wesleyan University

Carceral Logics: An Abolitionist Critique

December 7, 2021

Mass incarceration is supported and sustained by carceral logics. In this lecture Professor Gruen will describe two types of carceral logics, discuss how they operate, and discuss reasons to abolish them.


Eric Karpeles, writer, translator, and painter

Józef Czapski: Facing the Void

October 13, 2021

Polish painter and writer Józef Czapski lived into his ninety-seventh year, embodying the complex contradictions of the entire twentieth century. Having been witness to both Russian Revolutions of 1917 as well as the...

Namwali Serpell, Harvard University

Race Off: The Fantasy of Race Transformation

September 23, 2021

Namwali Serpell is the author of The Old Drift, which won the Windham-Campbell Prize in Fiction, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Fiction, the L.A. Times’s Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction,...