Annual Ziva Kunda Memorial Lecture

Friday, May 14, 2010 3:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Presentation:    Out of Sight, Out of Mind?  Suppression of Stereotypes But the Perpetuation of Bias

Guest speaker:  Dr. John Dovidio, Yale University

John F. Dovidio, who is currently Professor of Psychology at Yale University, previously taught at Colgate University and at the University of Connecticut.  At Colgate, he was the Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology and served as Provost and Dean of the Faculty. His research interests are in stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination; social power and nonverbal communication; and altruism and helping. Much of his scholarship has focused on “aversive racism,” a subtle form of contemporary racism. He has been president of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, as well as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. Dr. Dovidio has been Editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology – Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes, Editor of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Associate Editor of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.  He is currently Co-Editor of Social Issues and Policy Review.

Ziva Kunda’s research addressed central issues relating to when stereotypes are activated and when they applied to members of other groups, leading to social bias.  The current presentation examines (a) how the failure to acknowledge group differences may undermine motivations for social change, and (b) how and when attempts to suppress racial biases can accentuate or reduce activation of stereotypes.  The implications for the elimination of bias, at a societal and personal level, are considered.

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