ONLINE: Implicit bias refers to unconsciously held attitudes that arise when the brain instantly, and automatically, associates stereotypes with particular social groups. Psychologist Jennifer L. Eberhardt describes unconscious bias as "a distorting lens that's a product of both the architecture of our brain and the disparities in our society." Our perceptions, judgments and behaviors are influenced by these insidious attitudes, which can result in both negative and positive prejudices. In this discussion-based course, we will examine what implicit bias is, the science behind how it works and what we can do to overcome it. Combining an in-depth study of Eberhardt's book "Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do" and modules from Harvard University's Outsmarting Implicit Bias project, we will seek to become more aware of our biases and discover ways we can lessen and counteract their deleterious effects on our behavior. | Facilitated discussion.
Max enrollment: 30.
Althea Alton, Ph.D., a graduate of the University of the Philippines and Cornell University's Graduate School of Medical Sciences, is a retired biology professor. She served as director of the liberal arts and sciences program at Western Illinois University where, in addition to biology, she taught classes on race, class and gender, and the history and philosophy of science. As a Black, Indigenous person of color, she is passionate about working for racial justice and reconciliation.
Cathy Rimer-Surles, J.D. (she/they), a graduate of Duke and North Carolina Central University School of Law, is an attorney, educator and anti-racism activist deeply influenced by her experiences growing up queer, white and gender nonconforming in the South. She organizes, educates and agitates for equity and liberation in this city she loves as a co-founding member of Organizing Against Racism (OAR Durham) and Episcopalians United Against Racism (EUAR).