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CIRSS Seminar - The Valley Between Us: Narrative manipulation and information bias in the racial segregation of Milwaukee

Friday, October 11, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm

126 IS

Event Details

Session leaders: Judith Pintar, iSchool Teaching Associate Professor
Description: This presentation looks at the role of data collection in the historical shaping of racialized housing choices and real estate practices in the 20th century. Looking at the case of Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Menominee River Valley, a geographical barrier between the city’s working class, largely European immigrant south side and its working class, African-American north side, it analyzes real estate maps as knowledge generating artifacts, examining the processes of data storytelling that led to redlining and persistent racial segregation.

Judith Pintar is a teaching associate professor at the iSchool.  A sociologist of science and technology (STS) her research interests include collaborative knowledge practices, and narrative persuasion. She is the co-author of Hypnosis: A brief history (Wiley-Blackwell). Pintar is also a storyteller, game designer and author of interactive fiction. She sits on the national board of directors of the Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation. She has recently been awarded a campus Investment for Growth grant for the Informatics initiative "Games at Illinois: Playful Design for Transformative Education," which promotes the development of interdisciplinary game studies research and teaching. She is currently a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) for academic year 2019-2020.