Upcoming Events

Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights: Protecting People and Innovation

April 13, 2023

AI is transforming our lives. As tech companies, researchers, and users advance the technology, what policies should govern its use? How should we think about our rights and responsibilities in this changing landscape? In what ways can computer scientists and policy experts work together to create effective guidelines and regulatory practices to create a responsible AI future?

Please join the Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence, the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs, Departments of Computer Science, Science, Technology, and Society (STS), and Anthropology for a conversation with Sorelle Friedler, co-author of the Biden Administration’s AI Bill of Rights, about the policy challenges presented by this technology and how lawmakers, practitioners and advocates are responding. A Q&A discussion session moderated by Farah Qureshi, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, will follow the talk.

In addition to a conversation with Dr. Friedler, there will be an interactive workshop preceding her talk where you can try out OpenAI’s newest large language model (LLM) tool, GPT-4 and other generative AI applications.

Sorelle Friedler Ph.D. is the Shibulal Family Associate Professor of Computer Science at Haverford College. She served as the Assistant Director for Data and Democracy in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under the Biden-Harris Administration where her work included the AI Bill of Rights. Her research focuses on the fairness and interpretability of machine learning algorithms, with applications from criminal justice to materials discovery.

Havel and Our Crisis

An International Conference of Scholars and Leaders

September 28-30, 2022

The Goldfarb Center is proud to be one of the supporting partners for this conference at Colby, which will include lectures, talks, discussions, film screenings, and theater performances honoring Václav Havel. Havel (1936-2011) was one of the 20th century’s greatest champions of freedom, democracy, human rights, European integration, and transatlantic cooperation. The conference organizer is Visiting Assistant Professor of Government Milan Babik. 


Ukrainian Photojournalists to Receive Lovejoy Award for Courage in Journalism Their coverage of the atrocities in Mariupol “defines courage”

Friday, October 14 | 4 p.m. | Lorimer Chapel, Colby College

In its continuing efforts to recognize individuals who put themselves at personal risk for the sake of truth-telling, Colby College will honor two Ukrainians with the 2022 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for Courage in Journalism.

Mstyslav Chernov, a visual journalist and writer, and photojournalist Evgeniy Maloletka are being recognized for exceptional bravery in covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine, specifically in Mariupol, for the Associated Press. They will receive the award Friday, Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. The annual event will take place in Lorimer Chapel on Colby’s campus.

“Just as Elijah Lovejoy risked his life to expose atrocities, Mstyslav Chernov and Evgeniy Maloletka knew that showing the world what was happening in Mariupol was a cause worthy of the ultimate sacrifice,” said President David A. Greene. “Their selflessness in the face of extreme danger comes through in every photograph, video, and personal account of the Russian invasion and will forever be part of the history of this war. We are honored to have their names and their work associated with the Lovejoy Award.” 

2022 William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate Series

Is the Era of Big Government Over, or is it Just Beginning?

Thursday, November 17, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. | Diamond Building-Ostrove Auditorium

Over the past three years, Americans have witnessed a profound change in the size and scope of government not seen in decades: public-health mandates, direct cash payments to individuals, growing divisions between “red” and “blue” states, and trillions of dollars in new spending. While not perfect, many look back and see evidence that government works, that it can be made to work better, and that the time has finally come to redefine Americans’
relationship with public authority in a country long skeptical of “big” government. Others have taken the opposite lesson: experts got more wrong than they did right, because they are apt to usually get it wrong; massive spending continues to create moral hazard in the marketplace; big government is a root cause of the country’s deepening political divisions. What does “good
government” look like in an era of growing inequality and social division? What lessons should we take from the last few years in redesigning government programs? Can we fix government,
or is it doomed to repeat its mistakes?

The fall Cotter Debate will bring to campus two leading thinkers to discuss both sides of this issue, to reflect on Americans changing relationship with government, and to consider what should be done to make it work better. Megan McArdle is a Washington Post columnist who writes regularly on issues related to government policy, finance, and the economy. The author of The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success, she has also written for The Atlantic, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, and Bloomberg View. Donald Moynihan is the McCourt Chair at the McCourt School of Public Policy, where he co-directs the “Better Government Lab.” His research has informed key policymakers from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget to the United Nations, and was cited in both President Obama’s and President Biden’s budget

The debate will be moderated by Nicholas Jacobs, assistant professor of government at Colby.

A dessert bar and Goldfarb branded swag will be available.