Please join us for an overview and launch of the fascinating book Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do. This book examines implicit bias: what it is, where it comes from, and how we can address it. Implicit bias affects all of us because – as research has shown – it is a product of the architecture of our brains in combination with daily exposure to disparities and stereotypes in our society. In an engaging review of the research as well as personal stories, experienced researcher Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt explains how these unconscious biases form the basis of our thoughts about other people and our actions towards them. Yet while we are all vulnerable to bias, we are not doomed to live under its grip; Dr. Eberhardt offers ways for us to confront our implicit bias and work toward a more just and equitable society.
If you have not yet joined one of our Racial Equity Initiative programs, this book would be a great introduction. It’s a fascinating and educational look at how our brains can “deceive” us, in spite of our best intentions and conscious beliefs.
Author Dr. Jennifer L. Eberhardt is a professor of psychology at Stanford University and the recipient of a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Eberhardt co-founded SPARQ (Social Psychological Answers to Real-World Questions), a research and practice center at Stanford. She has worked with the San Francisco Police Department, among others, to institute police reform measures addressing bias.
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Note: You do not need to have read the book prior. This introductory session will be followed by weekly discussion groups; days and times to be decided by the group.
As part of Calvary’s Racial Equity Initiative to recognize and to educate ourselves about systemic racism and to explore the unconscious bias in our own hearts and minds, we have launched a series of programs to help promote discussion and understanding. Reading and discussing books together is one form of education.