The work Shattered Space, gifted to St John’s College by Aidan Meller and created with the Ai-Da Robot, (intentionally) poses many questions. This event will explore AI generated art, gender and ownership in partnership with St John’s College, speakers include Brenda Stevenson, Hillary Rodham Clinton Chair of Women's History and Estella Tse AR/VR artist, Chaired by Olivia Holder.
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Professor Brenda Stevenson is the inaugural Hillary Rodham Clinton Chair in Women’s History. She was previously the Nickoll Family Endowed Chair in the Department of History and a Professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
In her role as the Clinton Chair Professor Stevenson actively works to demonstrate that the study of women and their histories, particularly those which address women of colour, is both valuable and legitimate. She continues to push the university system further towards this goal by encouraging the development of future scholars and cutting-edge scholarship on women’s histories within the historical discipline’s mainstream, while also fostering the creation of new students and schools of thought committed to advancing research on women and gender, specifically.
Estella Tse is a Virtual & Augmented Reality Creative Director and Artist. She integrates emerging technologies and visual storytelling into a new art form. She inspires new ways to connect, educate, and build empathy with her
creative innovation work. Estella has been an artist-in-residence with Google, Adobe, Snapchat, Cartoon Network Studios, performs and speaks internationally. Her work has been featured on Forbes, CNet, The Australian, and more. She draws her inspiration
from lived human experiences, nature, and the cosmos. Estella is proudly from Oakland, CA and currently lives in Portland, OR. You can find more of Estella's work at www.estellatse.com and @estellatse
Sam Hurcom is a writer and PhD researcher. He attained a BA in Philosophy at Cardiff University in 2013 and an MA in Ethical and Social Philosophy at Cardiff University in 2014. He gained literary representation with Adam Gauntlett of Peters, Fraser & Dunlop in 2018, and had his debut crime novel, A Shadow on the Lens published with Orion (Hatchette UK) in 2019. A Shadow on the Lens received praise from both The Guardian and The Times and was nominated for Capital Crime’s Debut Novel of the Year award. Sam’s second novel, Letters from the Dead was published in 2020. Sam’s current PhD research examines the ethics of creative artificial intelligence, including generative language models.
Olivia Holder graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a major in History and double minors in Chinese and Comparative Literature. A Yenching Scholar, she will receive a masters in China Studies (History and Archaeology) from the Yenching Academy of Peking University. Her loves of tea, museums, storytelling, and sharing culture led her to intern with The Smithsonian Office of International Relations, Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center, as well as Chinese teahouses and tea production companies. As a Marshall Scholar, Olivia will pursue a degree in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology at the University of Oxford.