Vice-Chancellor’s Lecture 3: Implicit bias – perils and potential Event as iCalendar

10 October 2018

6 - 7pm

Location: Fale Pasifika, 22 Wynyard Street, Auckland

Host: Faculty of Science and Te Pūnaha Matatini

Cost: Admission free, all welcome

Contact: Professor Virginia Braun (Psychology) or Kate Hannah (Te Pūnaha Matatini)

The third in a four lecture series with the overarching theme: Beyond discrimination, towards inclusion

The lecture starts at 6pm, and will be preceded by light refreshments at 5.30pm.  


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Dr Carla Houkamau

This public lecture explores Implicit Bias in both popular and academic discourse. I’ll trace the origins of the theory in evolutionary psychology and its popularisation into a movement. I try to separate fact from fiction and fad. I evaluate research, examine the limitations of the Implicit Association Test (IAT) and talk about the pitfalls of, in particular, implicit bias training. I consider how – and how far – we can mitigate our biases and the potential IB holds to help us move beyond discrimination and towards inclusion.

Associate Professor Carla Houkamau (Ngāti Kahungunu) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management and International Business, Associate Dean for Māori and Pacific Development for the Business School and Director of The Mira Szászy Research Centre for Māori and Pacific Economic Development. Being of mixed Māori and Pākehā descent, Carla takes a deep personal as well as academic interest in Māori–Pākehā relations past and present, and in promoting cultural understanding. Her research focuses on intergroup relations, chiefly how group memberships influence attitudes and behaviour. Typically her publications examine how identity helps reproduce socio-economic inequalities but can be leveraged to address them. Carla’s current research interests are diversity management, identity economics, and implicit bias


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