PLENARY SESSIONS

WEDNESDAY, MAY 30th:
Roberto Rocha

Data journalism is the marriage of social science and public-interest storytelling, using data as a source and employing reproducible analysis methods to arrive at a conclusion. This is a radical change from traditional ways of reporting, which often rely on anecdotes and paper documents. And it comes with new challenges: acquiring data from government agencies that are hesitant to share them, ensuring their validity, employing sound statistical methods, and communicating findings in interesting and accessible ways for a general audience. In this talk, Mr. Rocha will go over some of these challenges, including the biggest challenge of all: converting other journalists to the gospel of data. Read more

THURSDAY, MAY 31st:
Stephanie Pyne

Providing an inclusive space for many perspectives and encouraging people to express themselves in their own ways is a key ingredient of the kind of deliberative democracy envisioned in Inclusion and Democracy by Iris Marion Young, who recommended a broad approach to rationality that can accommodate alternative forms of communication such as greeting, rhetoric, and narrative. Inclusion is also central to the critical cartographic view of the map as both a process and a narrative vehicle capable of reflecting multiple dimensions. The critical turn in cartography has led to a vast new range of possibilities for mediating reconciliation and social justice initiatives worldwide. Read more

FRIDAY, JUNE 1st:
Pecha Kucha

20 slides and only 20 seconds each!
Don’t miss the fun as presenters time their talks to their slides. Seven minutes and they’re done. The presenters will be announced in the conference program.