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Thursday, 25 April 2019 from 13:00 to 14:00 (BST)

How Bias Works

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How Bias Works

Thursday 25th April 2019

1.00pm- 2.00pm

8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ

How does racial prejudice affect what we see, think, and do? 


Unconscious bias operates in subtle ways, but its effects are profound. Behind the racial disparities evident everywhere from the classroom to the courtroom to the boardroom lie implicit assumptions of which we often aren’t even aware. Prejudice forms a distorting lens that is both a cause and an effect of our unequal world, and working to overcome it means confronting our own patterns of thinking – what sorts of stereotypes have we internalised, and what harms do they cause?

Drawing on scientific studies, investigative insights and personal experience, renowned psychologist Jennifer Eberhardt explores the far-reaching and devastating consequences of racial bias. Such bias is not an innate and inevitable evil, she argues, but a universal human problem to be addressed. By acknowledging sometimes uncomfortable truths about how we perceive the world and each other, we can make real progress towards racial justice.


Speaker: Jennifer Eberhardt, Professor of Psychology, Stanford University

Chair: Angela Saini, Journalist and author  


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8 John Adam St
WC2N 6EZ London
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Thursday, 25 April 2019 from 13:00 to 14:00 (BST)

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