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Forthcoming events

The Intellectual Forum runs a diverse programme of events across the year, so please check back regularly and sign up for our mailing list.

We have the following scheduled events

Acting locally and thinking globally: how can cities and regions respond to refugees and forced migrants?

21 June 2017, West Court Lecture Hall, Jesus College, Cambridge.

More people around the world are displaced today than ever before. This rise in forced migration has complex causes. The on-going conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia are but a few. At the same time, other types of forced migrants, for example victims of trafficking, from these regions and from around the world come to the UK. The unprecedented scale of forced migration to Europe moved the issue high on the national policy agendas. But the support structure needed by refugees and other of forced migrants operates at regional and community level. What is the role of cities and regions in offering support? What, for example, must be done to support forced migrants in Cambridge and the East of England?

Jesus College Intellectual Forum with the Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign, supported by Cambridge City of Sanctuary, bring together perspectives from practice, policy and academia to consider these questions and to discuss how we might better support forced migrants. Using Cambridge and the East of England as examples, we examine how its efforts in refugee resettlement and integration have played out so far. What can be done by students, families and communities, by universities, colleges and schools, and by professionals and local agencies to take on a hospitable and empowering role in responding to those who find themselves, whatever the reason, in our midst?

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Trust in the Age of Intelligent Machines

12-14 July 2017, West Court, Jesus College, Cambridge.

Trust holds societies together and grounds our relationships. To flourish, we need to trust other people and the institutions on which we depend, including government and the media.

New, intelligent technologies are transforming how we interact with people and institutions, and challenging established patterns of trust. Algorithms increasingly guide what we see, read, hear and buy, and may soon make critical determinations with life and death consequences. Robots are taking on more roles in society, including caring for the most vulnerable, such as children and the elderly.

The potential benefits from intelligent technology are enormous. But we will only realise this potential if we can engender the appropriate level of trust in the machines, and maintain trust in each other as society changes.

This one day symposium, part of CFI’s 2017 annual conference, in partnership with Jesus College’s Intellectual Forum, will gather a wide range of experts from different sectors to map the future of trust in the age of intelligent machines.

If you would like to be involved in any event or programme and need further information, please contact either Dr Julian Huppert, our Director, or Dr Sarah Steele, our Coordinator.

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