Ihaka lectures 2018: Visual trumpery: How charts lie — and how they make us smarter Event as iCalendar

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21 March 2018

Venue: Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Building 301, 23 Symonds Street, City Campus, Auckland Central

Location: Please join us for refreshments from 6pm outside the lecture theatre

Host: Department of Statistics

Cost: Free - all welcome

Website: https://www.stats.auckland.ac.nz/ihaka-lectures

Alberto Cairo
Alberto Cairo

In our final 2018 Ihaka lecture, Alberto Cairo (Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the University of Miami) will deliver the following:

 

Visual trumpery: How charts lie — and how they make us smarter

With facts and truth increasingly under assault, many interest groups have enlisted charts — graphs, maps, diagrams, etc. — to support all manner of spin. Because digital images are inherently shareable and can quickly amplify messages, sifting through the visual information and misinformation is an important skill for any citizen.

The use of graphs, charts, maps and infographics to explore data and communicate science to the public has become more and more popular. However, this rise in popularity has not been accompanied by an increasing awareness of the rules that should guide the design of these visualisations.

This talk teaches normal citizens principles to become a more critical and better informed readers of charts.

Lecture commences at 6.30pm, Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Building 301, 23 Symonds Street, City Campus, Auckland Central.

Please join us for refreshments from 6pm in the foyer area outside the lecture theatre.

 

Biography

Alberto Cairo is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the University of Miami. He’s also the director of the visualisation programme at UM’s Center for Computational Science. Cairo has been a director of infographics and multimedia at news publications in Spain (El Mundo, 2000-2005) and Brazil (Editora Globo, 2010-2012,) and a professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Besides teaching at UM, he works as a freelancer and consultant for companies such as Google and Microsoft. He’s the author of the books The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization (2012) and The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication (2016).

 

Find out more information on the Ihaka Lecture Series 2018.