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Fall 2020 events

Behind the scenes of the 1000 cut journey

IN FOCUS SPEAKER SERIES: "1,000 Cut Journey" Using VR to Fight Racism with Dr. Courtney Cogburn
Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Dr. Courtney Cogburn, associate professor of social work at Columbia University, is the lead creator of 1,000 Cut Journey, an immersive virtual reality racism experience that was developed in collaboration with the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford University.

1,000 Cut Journey highlights the social realities of racism. During this virtual experience, viewers become Michael Sterling, a black man, encountering racism as a young child, adolescent, and young adult. 

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IN FOCUS SPEAKER SERIES: "The Journey Up: From English Major to Etsy" followed by "Pitchfest" moderated by Austin Bunn, Milstein Program Director
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Chad Dickerson, former CEO of Etsy and a Cornell Tech fellow, shared his story in “The Journey Up: From English Major to Etsy,” on Oct. 28 as part of the Milstein Program in Technology & Humanity’s fall 2020 “In Focus Speaker Series.”

The talk was powered by eCornell and included a “speed pitch session” where five undergraduates pitched their business concepts to Dickerson for impromptu feedback. 

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FUTURE YOU SPEAKER SERIES: Director of Strategy & Business Intelligence, Activision Blizzard, Alex Marin Vidal '06
Wednesday, October 21 , 2020

Alex Marin Vidal '06 (BS, Film Studies) is the Director of Strategy and Business Intelligence at Activision Blizzard. 

As Director of Strategy & Business Intelligence for Activision Publishing (AP), Alex and his team partner with our senior leadership and studios to inform product and business strategy. The team leverages deep industry knowledge and market/competitor trends and analytics to help inform product development, long range planning, pipeline strategy, and various ad-hoc business needs as they emerge. He is also the founder and co-chair of the Latinx @ Activision diversity network.

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FUTURE YOU SPEAKER SERIES: Podcaster & Newman Civic-Fellow Yunyun Wang '21
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

In 2018, Yunyun Wang (B.A. Government & B.S. Info Sci, Systems and Technology) created “State of the Pod,” a student-driven podcast that explores emerging topics in science and technology and their underlying ethical and social implications to encourage greater public engagement and scientific literacy.

Wang has worked at a digital rights think tank, a smart city incubator, and most recently at a biomotion analytics start-up to better understand the future of tech policy. In the spring of 2020, she was  named a Newman Civic Fellow, which honors students who engage with others to create long-term social change, take action to address issues of inequality and demonstrate a potential for civic engagement.