HUMANIST COMMUNITY GATHERING: Why Aren't Humanists Immune to Racial Bias?

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First Unitarian Society

900 Mount Curve Ave Minneapolis · Minneapolis, MN

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We meet in the Social Hall on the second level. Street parking is available near the south entrance on Mt. Curve Ave. and near the north entrance on Groveland Ave. The #6 and #4 buses run along the Hennepin-Lyndale corridor, a block and a half away.

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All welcome! Childcare available upon request. Join us at 3pm for coffee, intros, and announcements; our featured presentation with guest speaker, Greg Laden, begins at 3:15pm; discussion to follow. Social hour begins at 4:45 over nibbles and drinks.

Racism is a phenomenon that emerges from our individual lived experiences and the culture in which we grow up and participate in as adults. A humanistic perspective or a logical mind does not obviate biases in how we know things, and thus, how we perceive or perform as actors in it.

Anthropologist Greg Laden will discuss North American racism as a phenomenon in science and society, its history, and how it is maintained. How do racial, or similar, biases form at the individual and societal level? How are they affected, or not, by societal fixes, great speeches, or education? How can Humanists be better humanists by grappling with this difficult area of human behavior?

Greg Laden is a biological anthropologist, educator, and science writer. His PhD work (at Harvard) was with the Efe Pygmies of the PR Congo, and he has contributed to research on the key features of human evolution, the initial chimp-human split, and the rise of our genus Homo. More recently, Laden studies, speaks, and writes about climate change and race and racism. He is working on a book on falsehoods we know and love.

If you need childcare, please contact Audrey at [masked] no later than September 18th to reserve space.