the panelists and performance artists from that night's event. L to R: Actress/Playwright Fariso Jordan, Co-Founder of Black In AI, Rediet Abebe, University of Western Australia Law Professor Julia Powles, Author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor, Virginia Eubanks and Spoken Word Poet/Teaching Artist Earl Majette

WordToRI

Date grant awarded: July 20, 2019

WordToRI is an experimental digital humanities incubator founded by independent researcher, J. Khadijah Abdurahman and Cornell Tech Professor, Tap Parikh. WordToRI seeks to catalyze conversations around critical topics like racial justice, reimagining end of life and disability through the collection of oral histories and opportunities to respond to political events and themes from the first person. All of our programming from oral history collection to public facing events seeks to break down silos between segregated socioeconomic and racial groups, community, and academia. We achieve this by explicitly including performance alongside academic expertise, actively seeking participation from people of color + people with disabilities on stage and in the audience. Inclusion is our ethos.