9:00 AM09:00

Walter Gordon Symposium Panels

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9:00 am ||| Opening Remarks: Massey College, SPPG |||

9:15 am - 10:30 am | Panel 1: The Uses and Abuses of Counting in Contemporary Policing and Surveillance

10:30 am - 11:45 pm | Panel 2: Who and What Counts? Data and Decision-making in Health Policy

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm ||| Lunch: with Speaker Munir Sheikh |||

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm | Panel 3: Consumers in a New Age of Business: Having a say over data

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm | Panel 4: Solving for X: Selecting data for decisions in education

4:00 pm ||| Closing Remarks |||

For more detailed descriptions of our panels, please visit the 2018 Symposium page.


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6:00 PM18:00

Keynote Address by Dr. Deborah Stone

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Contrary to what you learned in kindergarten, counting is as much an imaginative process as literature and art. In order to count a group of things, you first have to decide which things are similar enough to belong in the same group. From that simple idea springs a host of ethical issues that go way deeper than “how to lie with statistics.” Whose interests get counted in any measure? How can modes of counting actually change the way we think and relate to each other, for better and for worse? Should statisticians be held accountable for the uses to which their numbers are put?

Lecturer Dr. Deborah Stone specializes in analyzing the politics of policymaking in advanced industrial states as well as developing countries. She is most known for her textbook on the topic, Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision Making, which has had four editions over 25 years and has been translated into five languages. Her research focuses on health policy, disability policy, caregiving, but also addresses a wide range of policy issues. She is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Brandeis University.

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