The Odds of Justice

23 Feb 2017

The Odds of Justice


Yates Common 104

Yates Common Room

oncerned about “alternative facts”? Want to learn what went into developing on-the-ground data collection to help Syrian refugees in Lebanon where there are no government-run refugee camps? Interested in how a lawyer and statistician analyzes data to address race and sex discrimination? And what the author of an article titled “Lies and statistics: A mathematician reflects on moral leadership” has to say?

As our upcoming speaker has said:“Without the data all you have is an opinion.”

Announcing an event co-hosted by the VLS Center for Applied Human Rights and the International Law Society:

The Odds of Justice
Speaker: Dr. Mary Gray
Date: Thursday, February 23
Time: 5:30 PM
Where: Yates Common Room

Our speaker is:

  • an attorney and a professor of mathematics and statistics
  • an international human rights activist and former International Treasurer of Amnesty International
  • an expert witness in race and sex discrimination cases
  • Chair, Board of Directors, American Middle East Education (AMIDEAST)
  • Founder, Association for Women in Mathematics
  • Recipient, Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Engineering and Mathematics Mentoring, for her “outstanding record in support of minorities and especially women in mathematics”
  • Member, Statistics Without Borders
  • engaged in projects on human rights and elections in Iraq
  • She recently completed works on The Statistics of Genocide, and on the relation of the provision of sanitation to the education of women and girls
  • and she was a Freedom Rider in the early 60’s

As the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has stated: “Statistics Matter for Human Rights, and Human Rights Matter for Statistics”

Our speaker will discuss how she uses statistical analysis in developing effective strategies in the aid of Syrian refugees and in human rights challenges around the world.

Questions? Concerns? Contact Stephanie Farrior at