Penn State Berks to host “Algorithms & Social Justice” presentation Nov. 10

Head shots of Suzanne Edwards and Larry Snyder

Penn State Berks will host “Algorithms and Social Justice” from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, presented by Lehigh University Professors Suzanne Edwards, left, and Larry Snyder, right.

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WYOMISSING, Pa. — Penn State Berks will host the “Algorithms and Social Justice” presentation from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, in room 121, Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building. The event is free and open to the public, but attendees must register in advance to reserve a seat.

The talk, presented by Lehigh University Professors Suzanne Edwards and Larry Snyder, will discuss interdisciplinary pedagogical approaches, using examples from their course that cross-lists industrial and systems engineering and women, gender and sexuality studies. They will also discuss how combining the two subjects builds students’ skills at interpreting feminist philosophy and Python code benefits the future of interdisciplinary fields.

Larry Snyder is the Harvey E. Wagner Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the deputy provost for faculty affairs. He received his doctorate in industrial engineering and management sciences from Northwestern University. His research interests include the application of optimization tools to problems in supply chains and energy systems and, more recently, the relationship between optimization and social justice.

Suzanne M. Edwards is an associate professor of English and women’s, gender and sexuality studies. She received her doctorate in English literature from the University of Chicago, and her research interests include feminist and queer theory, medieval studies and medievalism, and digital humanities. She is the co-director of the Gloria Naylor Archive Project, a multi-institution venture which makes the personal papers of this important 20th-century author more accessible to audiences inside and outside the academy.

For more information, contact Abdullah Konak, distinguished professor of information sciences and technology, at [email protected] or 610-396-6310.