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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe anti-black racism in optical device design

  • Recognize examples of colorism in historical and contemporary optical devices

  • Summarize how adjusting different design details are useful for creating anti-racist optical device designs

  • Apply black-centered solutions: create Afro-centric design using Afro-futurism and techno-vernacular creativity

Reviews

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Illuminating and Useful

David Tomblin

Even as a scholar and practitioner that tries to learn about issues of race, science and technology and incorporate them into my courses (not always successf...

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Even as a scholar and practitioner that tries to learn about issues of race, science and technology and incorporate them into my courses (not always successfully), this workshop was an eye opener. It does a good job of laying down the foundation of why colorism is a systemic issue and leads to pervasive design in technologies toward lighter skin color. This is something I have struggled to do in my classes. Now I feel better equipped to show these biases and how we can work to incorporate anti-racist design practices. I particularly liked the perspective shift of finding a new default that moves us off of designing for whiteness. Seems absolutely necessary.

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Really learned a lot about opportunites in Afrocentric te...

Hugh Bruck

This was very well done. I think there are many more examples of technologies that can come from Afrocentric design.

This was very well done. I think there are many more examples of technologies that can come from Afrocentric design.

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Black Anti-Racist Optical Device Design

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Instructor(s)

Facilitator

Logan Williams

Dr. Logan Williams is an independent scholar, a lecturer at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the principal of Inclusive Research by Design. Her book Eradicating Blindness (Palgrave Macmillan) investigates engineers and ophthalmologists creating "innovation from below": designing, producing, and distributing services and technologies centered around a marginalized population — in that example South Asians who were blind and low vision from cataracts. Dr. Williams has a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.S. and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. She volunteers for two peer-reviewed journals as an Associate Editor for Science as Culture and a Book Review Editor for Science, Technology, and Society. For video introduction, see: Video introduction of Logan Williams on You Tube

Black Anti-Racist Optical Device Design

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