As algorithms supplement human decision-making across a variety of sectors, questions of ethics and equity have come quickly to the forefront. In recent years, researchers found that pulse oximeters were unable to properly read Black skin. Triage algorithms in hospitals were reported to deprioritize Black patients. How might automated systems create or entrench unethical social practices and dynamics? How are those injustices distributed along racial lines? How are related disparities worsening health gaps? And what can we do to ensure a more just path moving forward?
Announcing the 2022 Stubing Memorial Lecture
On November 15, 2022, The Greenwall Foundation and NYU School of Global Public Health will host this year’s William C. Stubing Memorial Lecture in person in New York City and online. Ruha Benjamin, PhD, Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, will address the question: Are Robots Racist? Rethinking Automation and Inequity in Healthcare. Prof. Benjamin will be joined in conversation by Meghna Chakrabarti, host of WBUR’s award-winning show On Point. To learn more and sign up for the event, visit our registration site. Registration is free and open to all.
About the William C. Stubing Memorial Lecture
William C. Stubing served as President of The Greenwall Foundation for 21 years. In 2016, the Foundation established the William C. Stubing Memorial Lecture in honor of its beloved former President, who guided the Foundation to its current focus on bioethics. Previous Lectures have covered timely topics in bioethics: the public health and ethical challenges of COVID-19, the social inequities revealed by the pandemic, physician aid-in-dying, drug pricing, and genome editing.