MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient and author Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt will present the talk “Biased” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 18, in the Prairie Rooms of the Bone Student Center on the Illinois State University campus.

The event, which will include a book signing, is free and open to the public.


In her book, Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think, and Do, Eberhardt offers a reasoned look into the effects of implicit racial bias, offers practical suggestions for reform, and takes the reader behind the scenes to police departments implementing her strategies. She is fascinated by the ways ingrained stereotypes can affect our visual perception, attention, memory, and behavior. Inspired by Silicon Valley innovation, she aims to combine social psychological insights with technology to improve outcomes in the criminal justice system and beyond.

Eberhardt is a professor of psychology at Stanford University and a recipient of a 2014 MacArthur “Genius” Grant. She has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was named one of Foreign Policy‘s 100 Leading Global Thinkers. She also is co-founder and co-director of SPARQ (Social Psychological Answers to Real-World Questions), a Stanford Center that brings together researchers and practitioners to address significant social problems.

Books will be available for purchase prior to the date of event at the Illinois State University Official Bookstore in the Bone Student Center and on the evening of the keynote. Only cash or card payment will be accepted.

Find out more about Eberhardt. For questions, or for those who need special accommodations to attend, contact Presidential and Trustee Events at (309) 438-8790.