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UCLA professor to discuss book "Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism"

Safiya Umoja Noble and her 2018 book, "Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism." Courtesy Photo.

Author Safiya Umoja Noble will be at Central Michigan University to discuss her book, "Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism," from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Education and Human Service Building French Auditorium.

Umoja Noble is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles and serves as the Co-Director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry. 

The speaker event is free and open to the public. 

Umoja Noble's research focuses on the design of digital media platforms on the internet and their impact on society

Her appearance is sponsored by the T.R. Johnson Endowment, established in 1992, to honor CMU graduates T. Ray Johnson, Timothy Robert Johnson and Myra Thon Johnson. 

According to Megan Moreno, Senior Director of Advancement & Alumni Relations, CMU is preparing students to be more informed in the global society around them when it comes to consumers, researchers, and educators. 

“It is critically important that we understand how search engine algorithms provide the answers to our questions, and in what ways those algorithms propagate oppression," Moreno said. 

Moreno hopes the event will get the CMU community to come together to learn and discuss a topic that is important to our society. 

Nobel serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies and is the co-editor of the Commentary & Criticism section of the Journal of Feminist Media Studies.

More information about the event can be found on the CMU website.