Recommended Readings for the Series:
2021 Session Information:
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Thanks to Emily Balcetis and NeuroPIL for hosting debriefing sessions after each lecture.
- Thu April 15, 2021 from 4 to 5:30 pm: David Gresham (NYU Biology).
The history of race as a scientific concept
- Thu April 22, 2021 from 4 to 5:30 pm: Ann Morning (NYU Sociology).
The impact of science on everyday beliefs about race
- Thu April 29, 2021 from 4 to 5:30 pm: Carolyn Hutson (Mount Sinai).
Racial and ethnic biases in health care - from slavery to the present
- Thu May 6, 2021 from 4 to 5:30 pm: Joshua Loftus (London School of Economics).
Bias in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science
- Motivated to take action? Come to the anti-racism workshop organized by the Scientist Action and Advocacy Network on Thursday May 13, 2021 from 4 to 5:30 pm. Details will be announced to all workshop attendees, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for the mailing list.
Department of Psychology: Mandatory for all PhD students in their first four years (it is ok to miss one session). The workshop will be strongly recommended for other PhD students, postdocs, faculty, and all other members of the community.
Department of Biology: The workshop will be a compulsory component of the QBIST workshop, a year-long workshop that is required of all second year PhD students. In addition, it will be strongly recommended for all members of the Biology community including staff, postdocs, faculty and PhD students in their 3rd year and above that have not previously taken the workshop.
Center for Neural Science: Mandatory for all current PhD students and postdocs (it is ok to miss one session). The workshop will be strongly recommended for faculty and all other members of the community.
The workshop is sponsored by the NYU Department of Psychology, the Department of Biology, and the Center for Neural Science. It was inaugurated in Spring 2021.
The Black Lives Matters movement has put a much-needed spotlight on the systemic racism against Black and Indigenous people across American institutions. The academic community has an obligation to fight racism on all fronts, not only by improving perceptions and representation of Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) and addressing racist behavior in the workplace, but also by educating each other on the role of race and racism in the history of science. Science does not exist in a vacuum, but in a context of social and cultural forces, some of which have been oppressive, exploitative, and dehumanizing. Across history and continuing today, prominent and less prominent scientists have taken part in racist ideologies and practices in the name of science. For example, genetics and IQ research have both been deeply intertwined with eugenics, people of color have been taken advantage of in medical trials, and racial biases of machine learning algorithms are often dismissed. Our communities have to confront these dark parts of scientific history and current practice, and such reckoning should become a permanent part of the education that we offer our trainees.