Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do

Past Event
Thursday, May 16, 2019
6:00 PM — 8:00 PM
Vera Institute of Justice

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, author Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt offers us insights into the dilemma and a path forward.

Dr. Eberhardt is a professor of psychology at Stanford. She has a Ph.D. from Harvard, and is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including a 2014 MacArthur “genius” award. Dr. 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 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.

Please join the Vera Institute of Justice for a discussion of the book with Jennifer Eberhardt and Vera President, Nick Turner.

  • the enormous impact of bias on criminal justice, from the rapid decisions police officers have to make to sentencing practices in court;
  • how racial bias seeps into our classrooms, college campuses, police departments, and businesses;
  • the subtle--and sometimes dramatic--daily repercussions of implicit bias in how teachers grade students or how managers deal with customers; and
  • how bias infiltrates every sector of public and private life.

Read more about the book in this Forbes review.

The event will be livestreamed on Vera's Facebook page.