Corrie Schroeder

Sr Project Manager

Free Screening of Coded Bias Documentary Available for Milwaukee Students, Faculty through NMDSI and Northwestern Mutual Sponsorship

Through a joint sponsorship with the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute and Northwestern Mutual’s hi, Tech outreach program, Milwaukee Film will provide free virtual screenings of Milwaukee Film Festival 2020 selection Coded Bias for Milwaukee-area high school and college students and faculty/educators during Black History Month in February and Women’s History Month in March.

Directed by Directed by Shalini Kantayya, the award-winning American documentary follows researchers and advocates – principally Joy Buolamwini, a Black female MIT computer scientist – as they explore how algorithms encode and propagate racial and gender bias. Supplemental curriculum has been created by Nadiyah Johnson of The Milky Way Tech Hub for teachers to utilize in the classroom following the screening to support dialogue around the need for diversity in STEM. 

The free streaming of the film will be available for college students and faculty here beginning February 1 and running through March 31. Additionally, high school educators can find full details and more information on education screenings for their students here.

Through the joint sponsorship, the NMDSI and Northwestern Mutual are also excited about the opportunity to emphasize diversity in Tech by supporting a Diversity in STEAM Symposium February 15-21 as part of MKE Film’s Black History Month programming. The week-long symposium will include events focusing on youth engagement with structural engineer and STEM educator Dr. Nehemiah Mabry, a STEM expert panel discussion in collaboration with FUEL Milwaukee, and a live podcast of 88Nine’s Diverse Disruptors featuring Tarik Moody. For Women’s History Month, a Women and STEAM Symposium is also being planned for March 15-21, with details coming soon. Both symposiums are free and open to the public to attend.

Questions regarding the screening, access, or the symposiums can be directed to Jamie Webb from Milwaukee Film.

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