We are partnering with our friends at CICF to host a book club.
Facilitators Tamara Winfrey-Harris, Vice President of Community Leadership & Effective Philanthropy at Central Indiana Community Foundation, and Rebecca Hutton, President & CEO at Leadership Indianapolis, will lead a conversation about the issues discussed in Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People.
In Blindspot, leading psychologists Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald explore the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality. Using their experience with the Implicit Association Test, a method that gives us a glimpse of our unconscious biases at work, Banaji and Greenwald question the extent to which our perceptions of social groups shape our judgments about people’s character, abilities, and potential. Explaining the science clearly and plainly, Banaji and Greenwald guide us through the workings of the brain, how it uses common stereotypes, and how to “outsmart the machine” that relies on them. Powerful, challenging, and revealing, Blindspot is an invitation to understand our own minds and, in the process, be fairer to those around us.
Dates: October August 20, 27, and September 3
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: English Foundation Building, 615 N Alabama St
Cost: $50 – includes book
Why is LI hosting a book club?
Leadership Indianapolis has a long history of bringing together people from different professions, lived experiences, and perspectives to learn about community issues and leadership. The book club is another way for us to do that. We believe our city and its future is strengthened when people are able to come together for meaningful civil conversations about important issues.
Why did we choose this book?
As leaders, we are often in the position of providing opportunities to others whether that be through a hiring process, a mentoring relationship, or inviting people to serve on boards and committees. This is a significant responsibility. It is important for us to reflect on our own decision-making processes and understand the biases that impact the decisions we make. Blindspot allows us to better understand how our experiences, some we’re not even aware of, form biases in each of us and how, with greater self-awareness, we can be fairer to those around us.
Why is the registration fee to participate in the book club?
The registration fee allows us to provide a copy of the book and other materials to everyone participating, provide some light refreshments, and compensate our staff for the time and expertise they invest in this program.
What if I want to participate but I can’t afford registration fee?
We do not want cost to prevent anyone from participating in the book club so if the registration cost creates a barrier to your participation, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.