COVID-19 Response and Reopening

Neuroscience of Prejudice: Racism and the Brain

Sunday, 2/21/2021 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Virtual Presentation

Neuroscience of Prejudice: Racism and the Brain 

Larry S. Sherman, Ph.D. – Professor, Division of Neuroscience, Oregon National Primate Research Center Department of Cell, Developmental, and Cancer Biology, Oregon Health & Science University 

Racism exists because of racial prejudice, where we make judgements about people based entirely on their race and our own unconscious bias, and not on actual experience. Our brains react to people who are different from us within milliseconds. In this lecture, Dr. Larry Sherman will explore how our brains engage in prejudice, the consequences of prejudice and racism for both racists and people who experience racism in their daily lives, and how understanding these processes suggest ways that we can overcome prejudice and racism in our society.

Program is FREE and OPEN to the public but registration is required.

Co-organized by The Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program and COCC’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Headshot of Dr. Larry Sherman on event poster.