The Norbert O. Schedler Honors College hosts its annual Challenge Week event Oct. 2-Oct. 6.

This year’s theme is “Brave New Algorithms: How ‘Big Data” Shapes Our World.”

Challenge Week is a week-long event each fall that brings to campus nationally known thinkers to engage the community in a reflective interchange of ideas. Speakers present compelling arguments to UCA students, faculty and staff, and to the broader community, in an effort to inform, educate, and thoughtfully address contemporary problems and concerns.

Challenge Week serves as an opportunity for the Honors College to engage the larger community in issues that impact society and is sponsored by sponsored by the Schedler Honors College, Honors Center Society and the Student Government Association.

Receptions will follow each event. No registration is needed. All events are free and open to the public. Sponsored by Schedler Honors College, Honors Center Society, and the Student Government Association.

Challenge Week events include:

Monday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m.
Dean Stephen Addison, College of Natural Science and Mathematics
Doyne Auditorium
Addison will set the stage for Challenge Week conversation with his talk, “Algorithms: What they are, how we use them and why you should know about them.”

Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 4:30 p.m.
UCA Faculty Panel
Doyne Auditorium
An interdisciplinary panel of UCA Faculty – Dr. Sherri Skaggs, assistant professor of criminology; Dr. Jim Downey, chair of the Department of Management Information System; and Dr. Lisa VanHoose, assistant professor in physical therapy – will provide participants with a behind the scenes look at how ‘Big Data’ and algorithms have shaped the criminal justice system, business operations, and the health and medical fields.

Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.
Dr. Rayid Ghani
College of Business Auditorium
Ghani holds a variety of positions at the University of Chicago – research director of the Computation Institute and Senior Fellow at the Harris School of Public Policy – and is co-author of a recently published book, Big Data and Social Science: A Practical Guide to Methods and Tools. He will speak about the work he does as director of the Center for Data Science and Public Policy: a joint venture between the Computation Institute and Harris School whose mission is to further the use of data science in policy research and practice. How can ‘Big Data’ and algorithms be used for the social good? How can these tools promote social justice? His work spans health, public safety, criminal justice, social services, economic development and education.

Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.
Documentary Film
Reynolds Performance Hall
Werner Herzog, the legendary filmmaker, will be in residence and will present his Sundance documentary “Lo and Behold, Reveries of a Connected World.” This film delves into issues of artificial intelligence and the connectivity of the internet. Presented by UCA’s Department of Film, Theatre, and Creative Writing. See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc1tZ8JsZvg

Friday, Oct. 6 at 3 p.m.
Student SoapBox
Farris Hall Presentation Room
Alexys Lamkin, an applied math and computer science double major, will round out Challenge Week by exploring a question: We rely on a variety of devices to get us through our day, but do we, and should we, know how they work?