FB LIVE EVENT: Harnessing the Power of Emerging Technologies to Tell Race-Related Stories

July 19, 2017 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

At this Facebook LIVE event*, Professors Cogburn and Patton will talk to each other about the projects they are doing with the help of a Magic Grant from the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute, a collaboration between Columbia and Stanford Universities to support innovative technological platforms and stories.

For her project “1000Cut,” which took place during the 2016–17 academic year, Courtney Cogburn leveraged advances in virtual reality to create a visceral experience with racism, while also measuring changes in acute physiological functioning (e.g., heart rate and blood pressure) and psychological processes such as empathy. Dr. Cogburn is an assistant professor at the School of Social Work and a faculty affiliate of the Columbia Population Research Center, where she directs the Cogburn Research Group.

For his project, “Beyond the Bullets,” to take place this coming academic year, Desmond Patton plans to apply data analysis to conversations on social media among youth living in marginalized communities with high rates of violence, in hopes of providing an alternative narrative of how and why that violence occurs. Dr. Patton is an assistant professor at the School of Social Work and a faculty affiliate of the Social Intervention Group and the Data Science Institute, where he directs SAFE Lab.


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