End of Bias with Jessica Nordell: Author Engagement Series

Mar 19, 2024 6:00PM—8:00PM


Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine 1342 Congress St, Portland ME 04102

Cost $9 suggested donation

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Join us for a special talk with author and journalist Jessica Nordell about practical solutions to address bias in a variety of sectors, followed by a panel discussion to learn about steps that organizations in Portland and elsewhere in Maine are taking to combat bias. Event begins at 6 PM. Book sales will be available prior to and following the discussion, courtesy of our friends at Longfellow Books. The author will also be available to sign copies of her book after the discussion.

Finalist for the NYPL Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Lukas Book Prize, and the Royal Society Science Book Prize

Winner of the 2022 Nautilus Book Award Silver Medal and an Honorable Mention from the American Society of Journalists and Authors for General Nonfiction

Named a Best Book of the Year by World Economic Forum, AARPGreater Good, and Inc.

The End of Bias is a transformative, groundbreaking exploration into how we can eradicate unintentional bias and discrimination, the great challenge of our age.

Discussions of unconscious bias typically focus on the problem, not on solutions. But how do we eradicate the unintentional prejudices that clash with our values and wreak havoc across medicine, the workplace, education, policing, and beyond?

To find out, award-winning journalist and writer Jessica Nordell undertook a global search for solutions. The culmination of fifteen years’ immersion in the subject, The End of Bias: A Beginning explores how bias ends: the police unit in California where new incentives improved police behavior and decreased both arrests and violent crime, the checklist used by doctors that erased gender disparities in treatment, the media intervention that reduced religious intolerance in France. Weaving gripping stories with scientific research and exquisite writing, Nordell paints riveting portraits of those leading change and interrogates her own biases with candor and insight.

Called “powerful” by Bloomberg and “rousing” by the GuardianThe End of Bias: A Beginning offers a hopeful, achievable vision: biased behavior can be remade and we can create a more just world.

About the Author

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.

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