Morehouse College’s Phi Beta Kappa Chapter and Psychology Program to Host Visiting Lecture on Science of Racial Bias

Date Released: February 2, 2020



Dr. Stacey Sinclair, a nationally acclaimed Princeton University psychology and public affairs professor, will give the lecture “Prejudice in the Blink of an Eye: The Science of Racial Bias” on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. at Morehouse College.

The talk is being hosted by the Morehouse College chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the College’s Psychology Program. Phi Beta Kappa is part of the nation’s oldest academic honor society celebrating excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Morehouse’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was founded 52 years ago and is the nation’s first chapter at an HBCU. There are five other chapters in Georgia.

During Thursday’s lecture at the Bank of America Auditorium in the Shirley A. Massey Executive Conference Center, Sinclair will share some of her research on implicit and explicit bias and offer strategies to help the audience curb prejudice in their workplaces, communities, and classrooms. The Eddie Gaffney Lecture in Psychology is free and open to the public.

“We invite members of the public, the business community, and fellow Phi Beta Kappa Society members across metro Atlanta to attend this important lecture on the science of racial bias and its impact on society,” said J.K. Haynes, biology professor and president of Morehouse’s Phi Beta Kappa Society. “Dr. Sinclair’s work on implicit bias is fascinating. Her research on the hidden biases that all individuals have offers insight into human behavior. The audience will benefit from hearing about her work and strategies that can help to reduce implicit bias from festering beneath the surface of an organization.”

Sinclair’s research suggests that people may unknowingly be immersed in social networks characterized by a corresponding degree of implicit and/or explicit bias. She heads a research lab at Princeton that examines how interpersonal interactions can reveal an individual’s culturally held prejudices. Those biases, according to Sinclair, can influence an individual’s thoughts and actions. Her lab is in the initial stages of launching several projects that explore the impact of implicit and explicit bias on the health and intellectual performance of members of stigmatized groups.

The projects include research on how implicit anti-black prejudice shapes social interactions among whites, how implicit and explicit prejudice affects academic performance, and how the overall academic experience for ethnic minority and majority students can be influenced by the way institutions justify efforts to foster diversity. 

Sinclair has a master’s degree and a doctorate in social psychology from the University of California. Her undergraduate degrees in psychology and economics are from Stanford University. She is a member of the governing board of the American Psychological Association and heads Mathey College, one of the six residential colleges at Princeton University.

She will spend two days at Morehouse as part of the Visiting Scholars Program of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Last Modified: February 2, 2020, 18:02 PM, by: H T

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