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July 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us for an evening with Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt, Stanford social psychology professor, MacArthur genius, and author of Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do. Dr. Eberhardt will discuss her book and her groundbreaking research into unconscious bias, which has been recognized on NPR, TIME, Forbes, and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
This event is part of a two-day Tulsa visit by Dr. Eberhardt: on July 17, Dr. Eberhardt will be speaking at the Tulsa City Council’s special meeting on racial disparities in police use of force.
Note: This event immediately follows the 1921 Race Massacre Graves Investigation Public Oversight Committee’s 5:30pm public meeting, which will be held in Rudisill Regional Library’s Ancestral Hall. Guests may attend both events by moving from the mass graves public meeting to the author event in Library Hall.
ABOUT THE BOOK
You don’t have to be racist to be biased. Unconscious bias can be at work without our realizing it, and even when we genuinely wish to treat all people equally, ingrained stereotypes can infect our visual perception, attention, memory, and behavior. This has an impact on education, employment, housing, and criminal justice. In Biased, with a perspective that is at once scientific, investigative, and informed by personal experience, Jennifer Eberhardt offers us insights into the dilemma and a path forward.
Eberhardt works extensively as a consultant to law enforcement and as a psychologist at the forefront of this new field. Her research takes place in courtrooms and boardrooms, in prisons, on the street, and in classrooms and coffee shops. She shows us the subtle–and sometimes dramatic–daily repercussions of implicit bias in how teachers grade students, or managers deal with customers. It has an enormous impact on the conduct of criminal justice, from the rapid decisions police officers have to make to sentencing practices in court. Eberhardt’s work and her book are both influenced by her own life, and the personal stories she shares emphasize the need for change. She has helped companies that include Airbnb and Nextdoor address bias in their business practices and has led anti-bias initiatives for police departments across the country. Here, she offers practical suggestions for reform and new practices that are useful for organizations as well as individuals.
Unblinking about the tragic consequences of prejudice, Eberhardt addresses how racial bias is not the fault of nor restricted to a few “bad apples” but is present at all levels of society in media, education, and business. The good news is that we are not hopelessly doomed by our innate prejudices. In Biased, Eberhardt reminds us that racial bias is a human problem–one all people can play a role in solving.
This event is free and open to the public. Copies of Biased are currently available at Magic City Books and will be for sale at the event.