Weapons of Math Destruction

Join us for a morning with Cathy O'Neil exploring how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy.

  • Conversation and coffee: "Data and Democracy"
    9:30-10:15 a.m. in the Wiese-Merriwether room, Willits-Hallowell Conference Center 
  • Cathy O'Neil talk: "Weapons of Math Destruction: How big data increases inequality and threatens democracy"
    10:30-11:30 a.m. in Hooker Auditorium, Clapp Hall
  • Panel discussion
    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Hooker Auditorium 

Organized by the Data Science Initiative. For more information, please contact datascience@mtholyoke.edu

Sponsored by The Division of Student Life, The Office of the Dean of Faculty, McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives, Miller Worley Center for the Environment, Weissman Center for Leadership, Department of Biological Sciences, Department of Economics, Department of Geography and Geology, Department of International Relations, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Department of Philosophy, Department of Politics, and the Department of Psychology and Education.

Cathy O'Neil


Cathy O'Neil

Cathy O'Neil is the author of the best-selling "Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy" and has co-authored "Doing Data Science: Straight Talk from the Frontline" with Rachel Schutt. O'Neil attended the University of California, Berkeley as an undergraduate and received a Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard University in 1999.

O'Neil has held positions in the mathematics departments of MIT and Barnard College, doing research in arithmetic algebraic geometry. She left academia in 2007 and worked for four years in the finance industry, including two years at the hedge fund D. E. Shaw. After becoming disillusioned with the world of finance, O'Neil became involved with the Occupy Wall Street movement, participating in its Alternative Banking Group. O'Neil blogs at mathbabe.org.