Mahzarin R. Banaji
Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics
Department of Psychology
Harvard University

Friday, April 16, 2021
12:00pm EDT
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Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

Mahzarin Banaji and her colleague coined the term “implicit bias” in the mid-1990s to refer to behavior that occurs without conscious awareness. Today, Professor Banaji is Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences and has received numerous awards for her scientific contributions.

The purpose of the seminar, Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, is to reveal the surprising and even perplexing ways in which we make errors in assessing and evaluating others when we recruit and hire, onboard and promote, lead teams, undertake succession planning, and work on behalf of our clients or the public we serve. It is Professor Banaji’s belief that people intend well and that the inconsistency we see, between values and behavior, comes from a lack of awareness. But because implicit bias is pervasive, we must rely on scientific evidence to “outsmart” our minds. If we do so, we will be more likely to reach the life goals we have chosen for ourselves and to serve better the organizations for which we work.

March 25th-April 22nd
12:00 PM EST


Professor Blackhawk’s Federal Indian Class is hosting a speaker series on different topics of Federal Indian Law. Below are details about the different panels we will be hosting. They are open to all students! We hope to see you there.

NoDAPL and Native Protest Rights (April 8th)

Starting in 2016, a protest movement began to emerge in opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which was planned to run through the Standing Rock reservation. The protests attracted national attention from lawmakers and the media, and became the locus for significant acts of violence and suppression against native people and their supporters. While litigation over the pipeline itself continues, numerous states have taken steps in direct response to the Standing Rock protests to discourage or punish native protests, such as the South Dakota state legislature enacting a “Riot Boosting” statue and Oklahoma, among others, enacting “Critical Infrastructure” bills that increase protest-related penalties that occur near critical infrastructure, including pipelines. These laws raise serious questions about environmental racism/colonialism and the First Amendment rights of native people.


  • Jan Hasselman -- Staff attorney, Earthjustice

Join here for April 8th panel.

Sovereignty, Reproductive Justice, and Indian Country (April 22nd)

This discussion will center on reproductive justice issues that disproportionately impact Native American women. Topics to be explored include histories of forced reproduction, child removal and the Indian Child Welfare Act, and other contemporary intersecting issues regarding reproductive health care access.


  • Terrelene Massey -- Executive Director, Southwest Women's Law Center

Join here for April 22nd panel.

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