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Philosophy Forum - Alex Madva

Prof. Alex Madva, assistant professor of philosophy at Cal Poly Pomona, will speak on "Social Psychology, Social Experience, and the Nature of Contemporary Racial Bias."

Abstract: Social psychologists often describe “implicit” racial biases as entirely unconscious. However, empirical evidence consistently suggests that individuals are aware of their implicit biases, albeit in partial, inarticulate, or even distorted ways. This evidence also demonstrates that different ways of interpreting implicit biases have radically different effects on how individuals think, feel, and act. This talk sketches how context, individual differences, and structural power relations influence the interpretation and effects of implicit bias, and explores our individual and collective responsibility for interpreting our biases as justly and accurately as possible. Along the way, I’ll also address questions about the cognitive structure of implicit biases and recent criticisms about popular ways of measuring them.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 5:00pm

Tribble Hall, B316
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106

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Academics, Philosophy


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