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Public Lecture: Grand Challenges in Implicit Social Cognition and the Law

Last updated on January 28, 2014

Update: The lecture will be video recorded, with a link put up on the Straus 2013-14 Events page.

I’ll be giving a public lecture at the Straus Institute at NYU Law on Feb 11, 2014 at 6pm.  It’s open to the public, but please RSVP.

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On behalf of The Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law & Justice, you are cordially invited to attend a lecture, part of The Straus Public Lectures Series:

“The Grand Challenges of Implicit Social Cognition and the Law”

presented by

Jerry Kang

Straus Fellow, David M. Friedman Fellow, NYU School of Law;

Professor of Law and Asian American Studies (by courtesy), UCLA


Date: Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Time:  6:00-7:30pm Lecture

7:30-8:30pm Post-lecture Reception


Faculty Library

Vanderbilt Hall, 3rd Floor

40 Washington Square S.

New York, NY 10012

Please kindly RSVP,  if you would like to attend

Lecture Synopsis: Recent findings in experimental social psychology have demonstrated the existence of “implicit biases”–attitudes and stereotypes that we are neither aware of nor necessarily endorse. Social scientists have also discovered “stereotype  threat”–that negative  stereotypes can undermine performance when an individual believes that by doing poorly she will confirm those very stereotypes about the groups to which  she  belongs. In this talk, Professor Jerry Kang will survey the science of implicit biases and stereotype threat with emphasis on real-world consequences. Then, he will explore their implications for law, policy, and legal theory. Along the way, Prof. Kang will outline what he sees as the field’s “Grand Challenges” for the next quarter century. 

The lecture is open to the public, so we would very much appreciate it if you could kindly distribute this invitation to anyone in your organization or to your other contacts who may be interested in attending this event.


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