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From generating new forms of artistic expression to transforming industry practices, artificial intelligence is redefining the boundaries of creativity. This event will bring together creatives from diverse backgrounds and industry experts to discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by AI in the performing and fine arts.

Curator and Featured Speakers:​

Dr. Avriel Epps

Dr. Avriel Epps (she/they) is a computational social scientist and a Civic Science Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cornell University CATLab. Her work, supported by and the National Center on Race and Digital Justice, Roddenberry Fellowship, and The OpEd Project, delves into how bias in predictive technologies affects adolescent racial, gender, and sociopolitical identity development. Focusing on algorithmic bias and fairness, Dr. Epps has spoken at various venues including tech giants like Google and TikTok, and for The US Courts. Her scholarship has not only appeared in academic journals and handbooks but has also reached wider audiences through publications like The Atlantic and the Emmy nominated PBS documentary "TikTok, Boom." Recently, she completed her Ph.D. at Harvard University in Education with a concentration in Human Development and will begin her tenure as Assistant Professor of Fair and Responsible Data Science at Rutgers University in Fall of 2025.

Henriette Cramer

Henriette Cramer is the co-founder of PaperMoon.AI, the AI safety startup that combines quantitative, large-scale data with in-depth, qualitative feedback from people to understand both *what* is happening and *why*. Prior, she was Director of Algorithmic Impact and Responsibility at Spotify. Henriette has extensive product and research experience in recommenders, search, (ro)bot, voice and advertising applications. She holds multiple patents, 60+ research publications and a PhD revolving around Trust in AI from the University of Amsterdam. She is based in San Francisco.

Patrisse Cullors

Patrisse Cullors is a New York Times bestselling author, educator, artist, and abolitionist from Los Angeles, CA. She has been on the frontlines of abolitionist movement building with Black Lives Matter, Justice LA, Dignity and Power Now and Reform LA jails. Cullors is also the co-founder of the Crenshaw Dairy Mart, the Founding Director of the Social and Environmental Arts MFA program at Prescott College, and the founder of The Center For Art and Abolition. With the mission to invite all of us to grow towards abolition through intergenerational healing work that centers love, collective care, and art, Cullor’s current work and practice focuses on “Abolitionist Aesthetics.” A recipient of numerous awards for her art and activism, her work has been featured throughout Los Angeles and across the globe.

John Lopez

John Lopez started his career covering entertainment and the arts for Grantland, Vanity Fair and Business Week among others. He was an associate producer on Hossein Amini’s adaptation of The Two Faces of January and has written for Paramount +’s Strange Angel, Netflix’s Seven Seconds and Amazon's The Terminal List. He participated as a member of the Writers Guild of America's AI working group in the run up to their 2023 contraction negotiations.


ALOUD on Ideas is an ongoing series that will take a thematic look at subjects that are particularly relevant to our time. This season, ALOUD presents Navigating the AI Maze: Investigating Artificial Intelligence in Our Lives: A Three-Part Series curated by Avriel Epps aimed at demystifying Artificial Intelligence, exploring its multifaceted impact on both society at large and our individual well-being.

This program will take place at the Los Angeles Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071. Click here for a list of public transportation options.

We recommend taking public transportation. Parking for the Central Library is available at the Westlawn Garage at 524 S. Flower Street. If you park at the Westlawn Garage, 524 S. Flower Street lot, there is a $8 charge if you exit after 9:00 PM ($1 with Library card validation before 9:00 PM).

Patrons can obtain validation upon presenting a valid library card at the Central Library’s Information Desk (first floor) BEFORE the program. For more information, visit the Central Library’s website.

As this program is free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a FULL program your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early. Unclaimed reservations will be released to standby patrons at the start of each program.

You are welcome to come as a standby guest. Standby numbers are distributed one hour before the program on a first-come, first served basis. Admission is subject to availability.

All books are non-refundable. Thank you for supporting the Los Angeles Public Library.

Yes, the author will be available to personalize your book.

Book purchases will be only available for in-person pick-up at the event. Please note: We strongly encourage you to purchase your book(s) in advance of the event; we cannot guarantee quantities available for sale at the event.


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