Lecture: “The Science of Unconscious Bias” with Dr. Keith Maddox March 9, Noon

Dr. Keith B. Maddox, Tufts University

Friday, March 9      12:00 – 1:10 pm    open discussion to follow

Tishler Lecture Hall, Exley 150

Implicit or unconscious bias is a fascinating, and sometimes confusing topic that is highly relevant given the increasingly polarized political climate of today. The near constant drumbeat of events and statements that may be perceived to be motivated by bias can be overwhelming, and, paradoxically, can make it difficult for well-intentioned people to address the role their own biases may play in perpetuating unfair systems and practices. As scientists and scholars, we strive to act with impartiality, but it is important for us to be aware that even the most rational among us is subject to unconscious bias that can impact our decisions. In this lecture, Dr. Keith B. Maddox, Associate Professor of Psychology at Tufts University, will provide a thought provoking discussion looking at the science surrounding these issues and offer advice on confronting and overcoming bias.

Dr. Maddox founded the Applied Diversity Science Initiative at Tufts, and he is an expert in social cognition who carries out research into racial phenotypicality bias, the interplay of racial and spatial categories in memory, stereotype threat, and confronting bias.

This lecture is presented with the support of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and the Dean of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.