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Unconscious Bias Part II: Can We Manage It?

Tuesday, June 18

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Shorewood Village Center

The human brain is an effective pattern-making machine. Most of these patterns operate outside of our awareness. Most are beneficial, but some – like bias against people different from ourselves – are maladaptive in today’s highly interconnected world. In this talk, Reggie Jackson and Dr. Fran Kaplan, explore ways we can monitor and manage our “blind spots” in order to build more inclusive and equitable multicultural relationships and institutions.

Unconscious Bias Part I: Can We See Our Blind Spots? examined the biological and societal origins of unconscious bias. An abbreviated version of discussion will set the stage for this program, and will serve to jog people’s memories, but this session is most recommended for those who are already familiar with previous content.


Reggie Jackson has been a much sought-after speaker, researcher, and writer for over a decade – regionally and nationally. His work helps institutions and individuals understand how our country’s racial hierarchy developed historically, its impact on our lives today, and how we can realize America’s promise for all citizens. To do this, Reggie shares seldom-told stories and data about the experiences of African-Americans and other peoples of color past and present. Reggie also serves as Head Griot (docent) for America's Black Holocaust Museum. He writes and provides background on current racial issues to regional, national, and international media.

Dr. Fran Kaplan has spent fifty-five years working against poverty and for social justice and peace locally, nationally, and internationally. She holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and an MSW. Her work as an adult educator, social worker and community organizer has taken her into various arenas, including farmworker rights, women’s healthcare, child protection, parenting education, and public history. She has served as an executive, program, and training director. She is multilingual and an award-winning published author and filmmaker. On her 70th birthday an extensive tribute to her work was read into the U.S. Congressional Record.

This program is co-sponsored by the Shorewood Public Library, the Shorewood Senior Resource Center, and the Friends of the Shorewood Public Library.

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