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Jennifer Eberhardt, PhD
in Conversation with Julie Lythcott-Haims


How Unconscious Bias Shapes Behavior

Join us for an engaging and timely conversation with Professor Jennifer Eberhardt and Julie Lythcott-Haims as they come together to discuss implicit bias, how it impacts our society, and what each of us can do about it. 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. These stereotypes have an impact on education, employment, housing, and criminal justice.  Eberhardt’s groundbreaking book Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think, and Do, provides a perspective that is at once scientific, investigative, and informed by personal experience, She will offer a powerful exploration of how racial bias seeps into our classrooms, college campuses, police departments, and businesses and reminds us that racial bias is a human problem–one all people can play a role in solving.


Jennifer Eberhardt, PhD, is a social psychologist and professor at Stanford University who investigates the subtle, complex, largely unconscious yet deeply ingrained ways that individuals racially code and categorize people. Eberhardt is the recipient of a 2014 MacArthur “genius” grant and was named one of Foreign Policy's 100 Leading Global Thinkers. She is co-founder and co-director of SPARQ (Social Psychological Answers to Real-World Questions), a Stanford Center that brings together researchers and practitioners to address significant social problems. California’s former Attorney General, Kamala Harris, and the Department of Justice used pilot versions of her trainings on implicit bias to develop a statewide training program for law enforcement officials.  Her groundbreaking new book, Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think and Do provides revealing new insights about the extent to which race imagery and judgments suffuse our culture and society.


Julie Lythcott-Haims is deeply interested in how young people overcome obstacles on their journey to independence and adulthood. She is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult, an anti-helicopter parenting manifesto which gave rise to one of the top TED Talks of 2016, with over 4 million views. Her second book is the award-winning memoir Real American, which illustrates her experience with racism and her journey toward self-acceptance. A third book on how to be an adult, for young adults, is forthcoming.  Lythcott-Haims, a former corporate lawyer and Stanford Dean, holds a BA from Stanford, a JD from Harvard, and an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner of over thirty years, their two teenagers, and her mother.  

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