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WHC’s SEA Change Coalition Presents: Jessica Nordell

author of The End of Bias: A Beginning

Sunday January 29, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am


WHC’s SEA Change Coalition is pleased to welcome author Jessica Nordell to join us to discuss her book The End of Bias: A Beginning.

Sunday, January 29 at 10:30 am at Temple

This program is free and open to everyone, but RSVP is required.

Check back soon for RSVP info!

Click here to purchase this book through WHC’s Mitzvah Mall.

About the Book:

The End of Bias is a trans­for­ma­tive, ground­break­ing explo­ration into how we can erad­i­cate unin­ten­tion­al bias and dis­crim­i­na­tion, the great chal­lenge of our age. Uncon­scious bias: per­sis­tent, unin­ten­tion­al prej­u­diced behav­ior that clash­es with our con­scious­ly held beliefs. We know that it exists, to cor­ro­sive and even lethal effect. We see it in med­i­cine, the work­place, edu­ca­tion, polic­ing, and beyond. But when it comes to uproot­ing our prej­u­dices, we still have far to go.

With nuance, com­pas­sion, and ten years’ immer­sion in the top­ic, Jes­si­ca Nordell weaves grip­ping sto­ries with sci­en­tif­ic research to reveal how minds, hearts, and behav­iors change. She scru­ti­nizes diver­si­ty train­ing, deployed across the land as a cor­rec­tive but with incon­sis­tent results. She explores what works and why: the diag­nos­tic check­list used by doc­tors at Johns Hop­kins Hos­pi­tal that elim­i­nat­ed dis­parate treat­ment of men and women; the preschool in Swe­den where teach­ers found inge­nious ways to uproot gen­der stereo­typ­ing; the police unit in Ore­gon where the prac­tice of mind­ful­ness and spe­cial­ized train­ing has coin­cid­ed with a star­tling drop in the use of force.

Cap­ti­vat­ing, direct, and trans­for­ma­tive, The End of Bias: A Begin­ning brings good news. Biased behav­ior can change; the approach­es out­lined here show how we can begin to remake our­selves and our world.

Final­ist for the NYPL Helen Bern­stein Award for Excel­lence in Jour­nal­ism, The Lukas Book Price, and The Roy­al Soci­ety Sci­ence Book Prize2022 Nau­tilus Book Award Sil­ver Medal *Amer­i­can Soci­ety of Jour­nal­ists and Authors Hon­or­able Men­tion in Gen­er­al Nonfiction.

Names a Best Book of the Year by World Eco­nom­ic Forum, AARP, Greater Good, and INC.

About the Authors:

Jes­si­ca Nordell is a sci­ence and cul­ture jour­nal­ist whose writ­ing has appeared in the Atlantic, the New York Times, the New Repub­lic, and many oth­er pub­li­ca­tions. A for­mer writer for pub­lic radio and pro­duc­er for Amer­i­can Pub­lic Media, she grad­u­at­ed from Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wis­con­sin, Madi­son. She lives in Min­neapo­lis, Min­neso­ta. The End of Bias: A Begin­ning is her first book.



Sunday, January 29


10:30 am - 11:30 am




Adult Ed, Lecture


Marsha Humphries