Claremont Discourse Lecture: Gender and Computing

Thursday, Nov. 29th, 4:15 p.m.
Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College
Honnold/Mudd Library -- Founders Room
Lecture is free and open to all, refreshments and discussion to follow

The computer is the quotidian, ubiquitous machine that defines our age. We depend on computers for almost everything; even other machines are dependent on computers: televisions, telescopes, cell phones, iPods, and automobiles. More than depending on computers, however, we depend on the people who know how to fix, develop and feed these machines the arcane and complex codes by which they operate. Computer scientists and technicians hold the lynchpin place in our society and economy. It is, therefore, more than a little disheartening to know that so many fewer women are represented among the ranks of the Computerati than men. Why? What cultural or educational pressures might be preventing young women from entering and benefiting this field? President Maria Klawe, by training a mathematician and by career a computer scientist, will discuss the history, reasons for, and possible ways to change this major gender imbalance.

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