Shorewood Public Library Sheds Light on Unconscious Bias

Reggie Jackson and Dr. Fran Kaplan of Nurturing Diversity Partners return to help build awareness of hidden prejudices and stereotypes in a program titled Unconscious Bias Part II – Can We Manage It? at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, June 18th in the lower level meeting room of the Shorewood Village Center, 3920 North Murray Avenue.
The human brain is an effective pattern-making machine, and most of these patterns operate outside of our awareness. While most are beneficial, some, like bias against people different from ourselves, are maladaptive in today’s highly interconnected world. In this discussion, Jackson and Kaplan, will explore practical ways we can monitor and manage our “blind spots” in order to build more inclusive and equitable multicultural relationships and institutions. The first part of the series, Unconscious Bias: Can We See Our Blind Spots?, presented in the fall of 2018, examined its biological and societal origins. An abbreviated version of that discussion will set the stage for this program.
Jackson is a regionally and nationally recognized speaker, researcher, and writer. His work helps institutions and individuals understand how our country’s racial hierarchy developed historically, its impact on our lives today, and how we can realize America’s promise for all citizens. He also serves as Head Griot (docent) for America's Black Holocaust Museum.
Kaplan has spent fifty-five years working against poverty and for social justice and peace locally, nationally, and internationally. She holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and a Master of Social Work degree. Her work as an adult educator, social worker and community organizer has taken her into various arenas, including farmworker rights, women’s healthcare, child protection, parenting education, and public history. Kaplan curates America’s Black Holocaust Virtual Museum.
This program is co-sponsored by the Shorewood Public Library, the Shorewood Senior Resource Center, and the Friends of the Shorewood Public Library.
This event is free and open to the public.
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