Topic:The End of Bias: A Beginning: The Science and Practice of Overcoming Unconscious Bias (Metropolitan Books, Sept. 21 2021)

Speaker:  Jessica Nordell

Date & Time: April 12, 5-6PM EST

Location: Online. Rotman events will send all registrants the link for the livestream before the event.


In Conversation with: Sonia Kang, Canada Research Chair in Identity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour and HR Management, Department of Management; Faculty Research Fellow, Institute for Gender and the Economy, Rotman School of Management

Book Synopsis: Shortlisted for The Royal Society Science Book Prize 


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.

About our Speakers: 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.

Dr. Sonia Kang is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management in the Department of Management, and Canada Research Chair in Identity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the University of Toronto Mississauga, and holds a cross-appointment to the Organizational Behaviour and HR Management area at Rotman. She is a Faculty Research Fellow at the Rotman School of Management’s Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE) and Chief Scientist, Organizations in Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR). Sonia is also Special Advisor on Anti-Racism & Equity at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Sonia’s research has been published in journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Administrative Science Quarterly, and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and has been featured in media outlets such as The Globe and Mail and The Atlantic. Sonia also hosts the popular podcast For the Love of Work.

14-day Catch-up Viewing: Unable to attend the live event due to scheduling conflicts? Not to worry. You can access the full recording on-demand for two weeks after the live event.

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