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Professors Elizabeth A. Armstrong, Richard L. Lewis, and Alford A. Young, Jr., Collegiate Professorship Inaugural Lecture

Thursday, March 21, 2024
4:00-6:00 PM
10th Floor Weiser Hall Map
This event will take place both in person and virtually. Additional details regarding each lecture will be updated soon.

Professor Elizabeth A. Armstrong, the Sherry B. Ortner Collegiate Professor of Sociology

Lecture Title: Gender, Class, and Higher Education: Insights from a Longitudinal Study of College Life

Lecture Abstract: Armstrong, with her collaborator Laura Hamilton, followed a cohort of white women from their first year of college at a large Midwestern university until age 30. Armstrong will overview the study's findings -- ranging from college hookups to marriage patterns to how class background shaped their college experiences and social class trajectories through age 30. She will also discuss plans for interviews with the women as they approach age 40.

Professor Richard L. Lewis, the John R. Anderson Collegiate Professor of Psychology, Linguistics and Cognitive Science

Lecture Title: The Advent of Artificial Intelligence: What does it mean for psychology, linguistics, and cognitive science?

Lecture Abstract: Reaction to ChatGPT and related models across the cognitive sciences has ranged from dismissal as irrelevant to claims that entire research paradigms have been undermined. This talk will offer a critique of these reactions, and advance the view that AI is a source of stunning new scientific hypotheses about the nature of mind. Along the way, we'll get a glimpse of recent and historical Michigan work that is relevant to understanding both current developments and a coming new scientific era—an era in which the frontiers of cognitive science and AI are shared.

Professor Alford A. Young, Jr., the Edgar G. Epps Collegiate Professor of Sociology

Lecture Title: The Politics of Black Scholarship: Purpose and Conviction for African American Scholars

Lecture Abstract: How do African American scholars who study the Black experience articulate their scholarly purpose and intention? How might they do so while contending with their perceptions of how the social utility and legitimacy of their scholarship is considered within the academy and among African Americans? This presentation introduces a research agenda addressing how these scholars articulate that vision amidst this often turbulent terrain, and how that effort is rooted in the intellectual, social, political, and personal politics associated with their scholarly functioning.

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Webinar ID: 955 3507 5530
International numbers available: https://umich.zoom.us/u/abCONYx5r2
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
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Source: Happening @ Michigan from The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Department of Sociology, Department of Linguistics, Department of Psychology