Events and Engagement

Summer Speaker Series

This year’s speaker series features the work of faculty from the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI). These experts will highlight core AI technologies (Dr. Pavone), policy and ethics (Dr. Weinstein), and the intersection of AI and the critical modes of human expression comprised of art and activism (Dr. Elam). Through the series, HAI and Summer Session seek to showcase the diverse ways that AI is impacting human experience, as well as some of the many ways that AI is explored across Stanford. We hope you enjoy this exciting series!


AI for Good: The Promise and the Peril

Dr. Jeremy Weinstein

Thursday, June 24, 4-5 PM

There is much discussion about the potential of advances in AI to transform the human experience and improve human wellbeing. But as with any frontier technology, there are both opportunities and risks — and the effects on society of AI will be a function of both the choices technologists make as well as the way in which AI is governed. We’ll explore this new frontier from the perspective of public policy, as well as through the lens of some particular use cases.


Artificial Intelligence in Space Exploration

Dr. Marco Pavone

Friday, July 2, 12-1 PM

What’s next in space exploration? This presentation will discuss how AI is poised to enable a new generation of robotic explorers that will allow us to visit previously inaccessible places in the Solar System and beyond and collectively provide a leap in expanding our understanding of the universe.


Artificial Intelligence, Activism, and Art

Dr. Michele Elam

Tuesday, July 6, 12-1 PM

What can art do for artificial intelligence? What can AI do for art? What might be artful intelligence? And informed by critical race & gender studies, what does activism look like in these spaces & communities for creative practitioners and scholars alike?



This summer we’re offering five focused experiences designed to let you dive into a topic alongside like-minded classmates ranging from the Daily Photo to an Innovation Studio. Not to be confused with Stanford courses offered for credit, these Boosts are elective opportunities designed to complement your studies. Open as a free additional program option to students that enroll in two or more courses, get a taste of something that interests you in the Boost of your choice. Learn more about how to Give Your Summer a Boost!


Hosted through the Summer Academic Resource Center (SARC), we will be offering a variety of educational workshops to complement your academic pursuits. Presenters varying from Stanford affiliates, community partners, and graduate tutors will lead these events. Topics include college preparedness, software exploration, and building your professional network. Workshops are available to all students, and may be supplemented with pre- or post-events. Learn more about workshops in the SARC Canvas page.

The Newsletter

The Stanford Summer Newsletter is your summer-long resource for announcements and updates regarding upcoming events, activities, and other news pertaining to the quarter. Check your Stanford email every Sunday morning starting in June for the latest summer news!

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