Wright Center for the Study of Computation and Just Communities

About the Center

The Neukoms' gift to establish the Wright Center allows Dartmouth to intensify its focus on understanding the role of computation in informing essential questions about good governance, human rights, and the relationship between governments and the governed.

Using tools such as computer simulations, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and complex statistical analysis, initiatives supported by the center will explore a broad range of topics, many of which expose the double-edged sword of computational advances in the public and governmental sphere. The topics will include the dynamics of surveillance and safety, the protection of free speech in a time of widespread of misinformation, and the dangers—as well as the artistic possibilities—of image manipulation and creation.

Jim & Susan Wright

James Wright is President Emeritus and Eleazar Wheelock Professor of History at Dartmouth College. The 16th President in the Wheelock Succession, he served as president from 1998 until June 2009. A member of the Dartmouth faculty since 1969, Wright also served as Dean of the Faculty from 1989-97 and as Acting President of the College during the first six months of 1995, while President James O. Freedman was on sabbatical. He served as Provost from 1997-98 and was elected president in April, 1998. More about Jim & Susan....