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You and Your Racist Brain: The Neuroscience of Prejudice (Portland venue)

Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!

Date: Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Time: Doors at 6 p.m. event at 7 p.m.

Location: Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton Street, Portland, Ore.

Cost: $8 online advance tickets, $10* suggested cover at the door

Food & Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, and snacks available. You’re welcome to bring food into the theater with you.


Event Description

People have the tendency to characterize other people who do not share the same traits as somehow different. But why do some people find such differences repulsive to the point that they exhibit extreme prejudice? Dr. Larry Sherman, a senior scientist in the Division of Neuroscience at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) will explore the neuroscience behind prejudice and racism. He will discuss the so-called "cross-race effect" and how the brain can overcome this reaction, raising intriguing possibilities about how prejudice and racism can be reversed.

Accompanying Sherman will be members of the cast of the musical “Parade,” a theatrical telling of the story of the murder of Mary Phagan and the trial of Leo Frank.


Event Website


(This topic will also be presented at the Science on Tap at the Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver, WA, on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.)


*A note on the suggested cover: Science on Tap is mostly supported by money collected at the door. We are committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if $10 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can.


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  • Joanne

    Leo and Gaby, maybe for future events we could offer a get together before or after the event for a drink or something ;)

    1 · September 3, 2014

  • Gaby

    Great lecture! Though not a great format in which to meet people.

    September 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really liked it.

    1 · September 2, 2014

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