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2022 The 1st SUNGKYUNKWAN
International Conference

AN AGE OF

UPHEAVAL

Jan 14, Friday, 2022, 9:30am – 5:00pm (KST)
(Jan 13, Thurs, 16:30-24:00, US PT)

Live on Youtube

Where is our world headed in the midst and aftermath of COVID-19?
What are the impending global crises? How can we solve our present and future crises?

Meet Our Speakers

Steven Pinker Harvard UniversityDepartment of Psychology

Steven Pinker is a professor of psychology at Harvard University and is a bestselling author. His highly praised books include The Better Angels of Our Nature, The Stuff of Thought, The Blank Slate, Words and Rules, How the Mind Works, The Language Instinct, and Enlightenment Now. Read More→

Jared Diamond University of California, Los Angeles Department of Geography
Sungkyunkwan University, Distinguished Visiting Professor

Jared Diamond is a professor of geography at UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles) and a visiting distinguished professor at Sungkyunkwan University, known for his breadth of interests, which involves conducting research and teaching in three other fields: the biology of New Guinea birds, digestive physiology, and conservation biology. Read More→

Jared Diamond University of California, Los Angeles Department of Geography
Sungkyunkwan University, Distinguished Visiting Professor

Jared Diamond is a professor of geography at UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles) and a visiting distinguished professor at Sungkyunkwan University, known for his breadth of interests, which involves conducting research and teaching in three other fields: the biology of New Guinea birds, digestive physiology, and conservation biology. Read More→
Stanford University
University of Georgia
University of Southern California
Sungkyunkwan University
Stanford University
Sungkyunkwan University
KAIST
Sungkyunkwan University
Stanford University
Dartmouth College
Sungkyunkwan University
Sungkyunkwan University

Program

OPENING REMARKS

Jun-Young KimChair, Board of Trustees, Sungkyunkwan University

Moderator

JEONG-WOO KOO

SKKU

9:30-11:00am (KST)16:30-18:00 (US PT)

PANEL 01An Age of Upheaval

Jared Diamond

UCLA, SKKU

Global History: the Next 27 Years

Discussion

Steven Pinker

Harvard University

Kiyoteru Tsutsui

Stanford University

11:10am-12:40pm (KST)18:10-19:40 (US PT)

PANEL 02Inequalities, Political Polarization, and State Power

Cecilia Menjivar

UCLA

Migration Upheavals, Sending and Receiving States, and Policy Responses

Amanda Murdie

University of Georgia

Hostilities, “Civil” Society, and Growing Human Rights Abuses

Discussion

Emily Ryo

USC

Won Bin Cho

SKKU

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AbSTRACT

Migration Upheavals, Sending and Receiving States, and Policy Responses

Cecilia Menjivar

UCLA

This presentation will focus on the role of the sending and receiving states in shaping recent “migration upheavals,” as well as managing and implementing policy responses to these flows, with empirical attention to Central American migrations. It will highlight two aspects of the central role of the state in these migratory flows. First, it will underscore the role of both, sending and receiving states, in creating and sustaining these migration flows over decades. Questions about what the sending and receiving state do to create, sustain, and define these flows is central, as will be how different agencies of the state deal with these migrations. The general aim is to reflect on the involvement of different states in “migration upheavals and to point to intricacies and tensions within the states in these endeavors, so as to generate policy discussions.

AbSTRACT

Hostilities, “Civil” Society, and Growing Human Rights Abuses

Amanda Murdie

University of Georgia

This talk will focus on how recent increases in political polarization, inequality, and lack of compromise have created a potentially devastating situation for global human rights. Coupled with a growing attack on civil society, human rights in the next generation may be markedly worse than in the late 20th century.  The talk will focus on the causal pathways by which polarization and inequality could result in both intentional and unintentional strains on the current human rights regime. The goal of the talk is to generate discussion around how human rights supporters could continue to advocate for human rights improvement in an era where rights are polarized and civil society is constrained.

AbSTRACT

AI and Society: Institutional Design, and Engineering Responses

Michael Bernstein

Stanford University

Artificial intelligence (AI) is routinely criticized for its realized and potential impacts on society, and we lack adequate responses to this criticism and to the responsibility that it reflects. Whose labels should the AI be learning to emulate, and whose voices should drive the evaluation of the AI’s performance? Which stakeholder groups should be included in the design and development process, and how? What processes should be followed to help mitigate negative impacts on society? This talk will examine these issues and propose possible approaches drawn from our research at Stanford.

AbSTRACT

Adversarial Effects of Artificial Intelligence

Woo Simon Sungil

SKKU

Recently, AI has made huge impacts on individuals as well as our society, where AI has been applied for many different applications and domains. However, mistakes or incorrect predictions that AI systems can possibly make can adversely cause harm and damages to people in certain cases. In particular, those adversarial effects have not been seriously researched compared to the positive effects of AI. In this talk, the possible adversarial effects of different AI systems are presented and discussed through the lens of security and privacy. Also, possible approaches to mitigate such adversarial effects and methods to strengthen the weakness of the existing AI systems are discussed.