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Posted by Library Blog on 04/01/2016 at 01:43 PM

On Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm the RWU School of Law presents its seventh lecture in the Thurgood Marshall Memorial Lecture Series.

Mahzarin Banaji, the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics of the Harvard University Department of Psychology, and co-author of Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, will present the keynote address at this event.

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good PeopleAccording to the book’s website, the title of the book is a metaphor. The authors use the term blindspot to “capture that portion of the mind that houses hidden biases” and the term good people to represent those “who strive to align their behavior with their good intentions.”

The book discusses the Implicit Association Test (IAT) at length. The IAT “measures the strength of associations between concepts (e.g., black people, gay people) and evaluations (e.g., good, bad) or stereotypes (e.g., athletic, clumsy).” If you are interested in taking an IAT or learning more about it, see the website of Project Implicit. Project Implicit is a non-profit organization whose goal is to educate us all about hidden biases and “to provide a ‘virtual laboratory’ for collecting data on the Internet.”

If you would like to learn more about the topic of hidden bias, Blindspot is available in our collection. Also available in our collection are other titles on this topic including Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments In Our Daily Lives (insert link to ) and Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law.

A guide on “Cultural & Diversity Understanding in Practice” is available from the RWU Law Library with even more sources of information related to this topic.