Do Algorithms Dream of Beauty? Discerning Truth in a 24/7 Digital World

  • 11 Oct 2016
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Paul Mellon Centre, 16 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3JA
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Do Algorithms Dream of Beauty?
Discerning Truth in a 24/7 Digital World

*Who owns our heritage, our images, our secrets?
*How is history made and reported?
* What happens when your own server denies you access?

In Conversation... 
A new series of intellectual enquiry
hosted by the Yale Club of London
at the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art

Inaugural event

Dr Alice Prochaska and Jason File


Tuesday, 11 October 2016
6.00 pm to 8:00 pm

6:00 pm: Registration
6:15 pm: Welcome and Introduction
6:25: Curated Conversation with Speakers
6:45: Moderated Conversation with Guests
7:30: Informal conversation over drinks
7:55: Evening concludes

Paul Mellon Centre
16 Beford Square
London WC1B 3JA


All Members: £20
(Strictly limited to 30 places
Registration: click here.)


From university campuses to international war zones, the question of who makes history, who defines it, who preserves it, who destroys it is at the forefront political and ethical discussions.  What is the purpose of museums, collectors and curators in this age of disposable objects?  Is there room for genuine creativity in the glut of information?  Who chooses what stays and what goes, and how is the digital revolution affecting these choices?  Be it the upcoming US election, the recent Brexit vote, trials in The Hague, iCloud hacking, even fashion on the Cote d’Azur, questions of liberty, free will, media and the message are some of the most complex and interesting of our time.

Join In Conversation  -- a new series of provocative intellectual discussions.  Designed to address the equivocal and often uninformative dialogue prevalent in the media today, In Conversation turns at critical eye at questions of contemporary culture. Two experts from different but complementary disciplines come together with a moderator and a discerning audience for a curated conversation of theoretical and practical significance.  

For our first event you will be in conversation with:

Jason File, Yale College and Law School alumnus, and award-winning and widely collected artist. In addition to his investigations in visual media, he also works as a war crimes prosecutor.  Read more about him here or on the main YCL event page.  

Dr Alice Prochaska, Principal of Somerville College, Oxford and formerly University Librarian, Yale, contributed to the establishment of the UK's national history curriculum and during her time at Yale prioritised the development of a robust digital service to the research community.  Read more about her here or on the main YCL event page.

All Members: £20

(Registration strictly limited to 30 places)

More information:

The series is open to alumni of Yale University and their guests.  Places are strictly limited, ensuring a high level and intimacy of discussion.  We encourage a range of difficult topics to be analysed, a diversity of ideas and perspectives to be freely expressed, and provocative questions to be asked. The overall feel is of an intense but amiable roundtable among equals of intellect and imagination. Participant numbers are kept small to ensure interactive and meaningful dialogue. The evening begins at 6pm with registration in the Ground Floor Reception Waiting Room, Paul Mellon Centre, 16 Bedford Square, WC1B 3JA, continues in the Centre’s recently refurbished 1st floor library, followed by light refreshment and concluding promptly at 8pm.

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