What is Implicit Bias: A Presentation by Dr. Mahzarin R. Banaji
Chair of the Department of Psychology at Harvard University and author of
Blindspot: The Hidden Biases of Good People
Wednesday, October 17• Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
CRLS Fitzgerald Theatre, 459 Broadway, Cambridge
Register for free tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/implicit-bias-with-mahzarin-banaji-author-of-blindspot-tickets-49723418082
The Cambridge Citizens' Committee on Civic Unity, the City of Cambridge Mayor's Office and Cambridge Rindge & Latin School (CRLS) are hosting a presentation on implicit bias by Dr. Mahzarin R. Banaji, the author of Blindspot: The Hidden Biases of Good People. Blindspot will be available for purchase through Porter Square Books at the presentation.
The program for the event is:
- 5:30 pm - Refreshments and check-in
- 6:00 pm - Program with Q&A
- 8:00 pm - Book signing by Dr. Banaji
Implicit bias is the concept of hidden biases that all individuals carry from a lifetime of experiences with social groups – age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, or nationality.
Professor Banaji has been a pioneer in researching the subject of implicit bias for decades. She studies thinking and feeling as they unfold in social context, and social attitudes and beliefs in adults and children, especially those that have roots in group membership. She explores the implications of her work for questions of individual responsibility and social justice in democratic societies. Her current research looks at how to improve both individual decisions and organizational policies.
The mission of the City of Cambridge Citizens’ Committee on Civic Unity is to foster fairness, equity, unity, appreciation, and mutual understanding across all people and entities in Cambridge. We do this by recognizing and raising awareness of historic, existing and potential civic issues; by providing opportunities for honest dialogue and engagement; and by building bridges across communities to better understand and connect with one another.
This event is cosponsored by the Cambridge Human Rights Commission, Cambridge Peace Commission, the Cambridge City Manager’s Office, Mayor Marc McGovern, and City Councillor Sumbul Siddiqui.