Week in DC: Events 9.19-9.23.2016

Monday, September 19th, 2016
Nuclear Security Summit & Workshop 2016– Georgetown University
Time: 8:55am-6pm
Location: Georgetown University37 St NW and O St NW, Washington, DC (map)
The Georgetown University School of Medicine and Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service ‘s Science, Technology & International Affairs (STIA) are proud to invite you to the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit. This event will take place over two days (September 19th and 20th, 2016) at Georgetown. The summit focuses on four topics: (1) Nuclear policy & international collaborations; (2) Nuclear security (weapons control); (3) Nuclear security (nuclear power plant safeties); (4) Tools to assess ionizing radiation and its impacts. Ambassador Robert Gallucci, who served as the Dean of the School of Foreign Service for 13 years until 2009, kindly agreed to present a keynote address for this year’s summit.

Reception For Ebola Through The Lens– Open Society Foundations
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Open Society Foundations 224 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019, USA (map)
Join us at the Open Society Foundations office for a reception for the photography exhibit Ebola Through the Lens in advance of its New York debut at Photoville. The exhibition was originally conceived and installed at the Open Society Initiative for West Africa regional headquarters in Dakar, Senegal, and is currently on view at its satellite office in Conakry, Guinea. The reception will feature short presentations from three contributing photojournalists—Jane Hahn, Jonathan Bundu, and Morgana Wingard—and the screening of a short documentary film.

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
Weapons Of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality And Threatens Democracy– Politics and Prose
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Politics & Prose1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA (map)
O’Neil, the author of Doing Data Science and a regular commentator on the Slate Money podcast, specializes in demystifying Big Data. Following an average person from college to retirement, she homes in on decisive moments—winning a scholarship, landing a job, getting a loan—when algorithms can determine the outcome. Based on statistics, algorithms seem to level the playing field, holding everyone to the same rules. In fact, O’Neil shows, these models often reinforce bias and discrimination. They’re complicated, hard to argue with, and, most seriously, unregulated. O’Neil will be in conversation with Jen Golbeck, a computer scientist and professor at the University of Maryland.

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
Islam And Politics In The Age Of ISIS: A Smarter Strategy For Countering Violent- Atlantic Council
Time: noon
Location: Atlantic Council1030 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA (map)
Director, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle EastAtlantic Council
In recent decades, Muslims have been debating political and social aspects of their religious teachings in new ways. The religious debates are connected to and sometimes stem in considerable part from underlying political and social trends—demographic shifts; rising education; unaccountable and authoritarian governance; stuttering economic and governmental performance; and corruption. They cannot, however, be wholly reduced to those trends. Religion is not an isolated field, but neither is it simply a mask for other struggles; the terms and outcomes of religious debates matter in their own right. Please join us for a conversation with the authors of the newly published Middle East Strategy Task Force (MEST) Working Group on Religion, Identity, and Countering Violent Extremism report to discuss these issues and more. On Twitter? Follow @ACmideast and use #ACMEST
A light lunch will be served.
This event is open to press and on the record.

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
Mary Roach: The Curious Science Of Humans At War– Smithsonian
Time: 6:45-8:15pm
Location: Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture GardenMarion & Gustave Ring Auditorium, 7th St & Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC (map)
Author Mary Roach, whose books deftly combine popular science and humor, has tackled the afterlife in Spook, cadavers in Stiff, and sex in Bonk. Her newest, Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War (W.W. Norton & Company) salutes the campaign to conquer some of a soldier’s most challenging adversaries—including panic, exhaustion, heat, flies, and noise—and introduces the scientists who lead the fight. Roach offers a look into how she researched and wrote the book, a process in which she discovered that diarrhea can be a threat to national security, zippers are a fashion problem for snipers, shrimp are more dangerous to sailors than sharks, and whether underwear can be bombproof. Roach, whose research tour of duty for Grunt included sampling caffeinated meat, sniffing an archival sample of a World War II stink bomb, and staying up all night with the crew tending missiles on a nuclear submarine, has plenty of fascinating war (and science) stories to tell.

Friday, September 23rd, 2016
Rise Of The Machines: The Past, Present, And Future Of Cybernetics, AI, Automation, And Cybersecurity– New America Foundation
Time: 9-11am
Location: New America740 15th St NW #900 Washington, D.C. 20005 (map)
Machine learning, autonomy, and artificial intelligence are being explored as key new areas for cybersecurity. What is their history and likely future? As we rely more on autonomous machines for our security, what are the benefits? What are the risks? How can policymakers keep pace? A panel of leading experts will explore the issues from the perspectives of computer science, political science, ethics and law.

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