The Art of Observation and Unconscious Bias, Interactive Exercise, Discussion and Q&A

The Osler Society presents an Online Humanities in Medicine Program, The Art of Observation and Unconscious Bias, a conversation with Nancy Richner, Catherine Bangeranye, PhD and R. Ellen Pearlman, MD.  By studying art, we explore the unconscious/implicit biases that affect our decisions, choices, and beliefs about race, gender, age, etc. We apply our own experiences, thoughts, and feelings into our interpretations of artwork. What we learn may be at odds with our stated values. Those with different life experiences may interpret the same artwork very differently.

Considering how we and others perceive the same works of art can help us identify and acknowledge our biases, a first step in seeing ourselves and others more clearly.

Nancy Richner, MAT Museum Education
Museum Educator and former Director of the Hofstra University Museum of Art will guide us through a close examination of, and discussion about, several works of art using Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) as well as other techniques. 

Catherine Bangeranye, PhD
Assistant Professor & Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

R. Ellen Pearlman, MD
Associate Professor and Associate Dean for the Advanced Clinical Learning


Optional: Take an online Implicit Association Test (IAT) before this program. Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaborative network of researchers investigating implicit social cognition - thoughts and feelings that are largely outside of conscious awareness and control. The results are confidential to you, and you need not share them at any time, but you might find the results interesting, and may wish to discuss how this exercise made you feel.


Date: Monday, September 14, 2020

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00P p.m.  

via ZOOM -- register to receive your ZOOM link


Monday, September 14, 2020



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