OCTOBER 13-16, 2022

and year round


The End of Bias - Jessica Nordell, Kim Todd - <span class="date-display-single">11/09/2021 - 7:00pm</span>

The End of Bias

11/09/2021 - 7:00pm


The End of Bias is a transformative, groundbreaking exploration into how we can eradicate unintentional bias and discrimination, the great challenge of our age. Jessica Nordell will appear live via Crowdcast to discuss her new book, The End of Bias. Join the event at: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/wbf-end-bias. Before the event begins, you will see a countdown and the event image.


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 Presenter Jessica Nordell


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.


The End of Bias

About Presenter Kim Todd


Kim Todd is an award-winning author of four books of literary nonfiction, including Sensational: The Hidden History of America's "Girl Stunt Reporters" and Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis. Her essays and articles have appeared in SmithsonianSalonSierra Magazine, and Orion. Todd’s work has also been featured in Best American Science and Nature Writing anthologies and on NPR's Science Friday. She is a member of the MFA faculty at the University of Minnesota.



Madison Public Library logo

201 W. Mifflin Street
Madison, WI 53703

© 2013-2022


join the conversation #wibookfest

we couldn't do it without you: