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Los Angeles, CA: Ethics and Technology with Mehran Sahami and Rob Reich

Sunday, February 23, 2020
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Omni Hotel at California Plaza, 251 S Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Join Stanford alums for an interactive presentation with Mehran Sahami,  '92, MS '93, PhD '99, professor and associate chair for education in computer science, and Rob Reich, MA ‘98, PHD '98, professor of political science, faculty director of the Center for Ethics in Society and co-director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.

Professors Sahami and Reich will conduct an interactive presentation modeled after their popular class, Ethics, Public Policy, and Technological Change, which examines advancements in computing technology from the perspectives of philosophy, public policy, social science, and engineering. Join fellow alums as you learn and practice ways of looking at ethical dilemmas through different lenses.

Check-in will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. A reception will follow the program.


Rob Reich is professor of political science and, by courtesy, professor of philosophy and at the Graduate School of Education, at Stanford University. He is the director of the Center for Ethics in Society and co-director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (publisher of the Stanford Social Innovation Review), both at Stanford University. He is the author most recently of Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better (Princeton University Press, 2018) and Philanthropy in Democratic Societies: History, Institutions, Values (edited with Chiara Cordelli and Lucy Bernholz, University of Chicago Press, 2016). He is also the author of several books on education: Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in American Education (University of Chicago Press, 2002) and Education, Justice, and Democracy (edited with Danielle Allen, University of Chicago Press, 2013). His current work focuses on ethics, public policy, and technology, and he serves as associate director of the Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence initiative at Stanford. Rob is the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the Walter J. Gores award, Stanford’s highest honor for teaching. Reich was a sixth grade teacher at Rusk Elementary School in Houston, Texas before attending graduate school. He is a board member of the magazine Boston Review, of Giving Tuesday, and at the Spencer Foundation.

Mehran Sahami is a Professor (Teaching) and Associate Chair for Education in the Computer Science department at Stanford. He is also the Robert and Ruth Halperin University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. He was recently recognized by the Association for Computing Machinery for educational excellence. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty in 2007, he was a Senior Research Scientist at Google for several years.  Mehran’s research interests lie at the intersection of computer science education, machine learning, and ethics.  With Rob Reich and Jeremy Weinstein (in Stanford’s Political Science department), he has been teaching a new course on computers, ethics, and public policy.

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