BGSU Institute for Study of Culture and Society to host guest speakers in November


The Bowling Green State University Institute for the Study of Culture and Society will host guest speakers in November with topics focused on navigating a digital society and the pandemic’s impact on indigenous communities.

On Thursday, Dr. John Dowd, associate professor in the BGSU School of Media and Communication, will offer a free presentation at 7 p.m. at Way Public Library in Perrysburg titled “AI and everyday life: Finding our footing in contemporary digital society.” Dowd’s presentation will provide people with practical tools for navigating a digital society, in which artificial intelligence and algorithms increasingly shape our understanding of the world.

On Nov. 9, Michaela Walsh, assistant professor of Ethnic Studies at BGSU, will also offer a free presentation beginning at 11:30 a.m. in Room 208 of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union titled “Navigating crisis across borders: Experiences of a Mexican indigenous community in times of COVID.” Walsh’s presentation will highlight the pandemic’s social and economic impact on indigenous communities in Mexico and the United States.

“Dr. Dowd and Dr. Walsh’s projects address crucial challenges of our time,” said Jolie Sheffer, director of BGSU ICS. “Through their research and engagement, Dr. Dowd and Dr. Walsh embody the BGSU mission to be a public university for the public good.”

Established in 1996, the BGSU Institute for the Study of Culture and Society supports innovation in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Additionally, ICS offers programming and initiatives for students, faculty and the BGSU community to make the world more equitable, just and inclusive.

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