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A Faculty of Information Newsletter

November 1, 2018

The Latest

Class of Fall 2018

Convocating MI students' concentrations fall 2018*

The Faculty of Information is graduating 57 students this fall, up 62% from last year and the biggest November cohort ever. There are 48 Master of Information grads as well as five Master of Museum Studies graduates, three grads in the combined degree program and one PhD grad.

In fact, the number of grads has grown to the point that they merit their own reception, the first time the Faculty's thrown such an event in the autumn. November 2018 grads can RSVP here.

Finally, for all you number crunchers out there trying to make the figures add up, keep in mind that 11 of the students had two concentrations.

Congratulations, Class of Fall '18!

*Archives & Records Management, Critical Information Policy Studies, Culture & Technology, Information Systems & Design, Knowledge Management & Information Management, Library & Information Science, User Experience Design

Let's go, Blue Jays! Class of 2019


Assistant Professor Periklis Andritsos (right), an expert in big data analytics, talked to City News earlier this week about the new Blue Jays' manager's use of analytics to build the best possible baseball teams. His advice for Charlie Montoyo? Trust the data but don't forget about the emotional side of the game. Check back this time next year to see how it works out for Montoyo. 

Events this week and next

Monster Exhibit

If you're suffering from Halloween withdrawal, head over to the Fisher Library and take in the new De Monstris exhibit curated by David Fernandez, rare book librarian and Faculty alumnus. He's spent the past five years researching monsters and why they scare us. Read more

When:  Until Dec. 21
Where: Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, 120 St. George St.

Talk with Taiwan’s first Digital Minister, Audrey Tang

Tang’s talk will show what happens when people who grew up on the internet get their hands on the building blocks of government. As a self-described “conservative anarchist” and a so-called “white-hat hacker,” Tang will show how she works with her team to channel greater combinations of intelligence into policy-making decisions and public services delivery.

When: Tuesday, November 6, 10:00 to 12:00 p.m.
Where: Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George St., Room 100A.

Mark your calendars 

Kill-Switch: The Ethics of the Halting Problem

Assistant Professor of English, Avery Slater explores how how two centuries of Dystopian thought have consistently imagined how “out of control” technologies could threaten humanity. Now, as technology advances, a genuinely conscious form of artificial intelligence seems on the horizon. How might we anticipate the ethical crisis that emerges when we can no longer turn AI machines off?

Where: Larkin Building, 15 Devonshire Place, Room 200.
When: Tuesday, November 13, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Understanding tablets: From early childhood to adulthood

Associate Professor Rhonda McEwen presents background and findings from her recently published co-authored book Understanding Tablets from Early Childhood to Adulthood. the book offers an alternative to the dominant narrative that young people are intuitively able to successfully use tablet devices. More information/ Registration.

When: Wednesday, November 21, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Bissell  Buikding, Room 417.

The Greatest

'Many McLuhans' Online

If you missed the Many McLuhans Symposium back in September, photos and audio are now online. Take a look and listen here.


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