Pequot Museum Opens Thought-Provoking Interactive Exhibit, Understanding Implicit Bias

Visitors Explore Groundbreaking New Research in Illuminating Display

MASHANTUCKET, CONNECTICUT – The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center  announced it will open a new exhibit, Understanding Implicit Bias, on April 12. The thought-provoking interactive exhibit explores bias and other forms of discrimination, and highlights findings from groundbreaking new research on implicit bias. It will be displayed in the museum’s overlook area until May 13, 2017.

Understanding Implicit Bias opens at an opportune time — a moment when the nation is wrestling with the persistent challenge of race, class, and gender relations as well as with the changing nature of prejudice and discrimination. It offers visitors an important look into our society and ourselves in an experience that is surprising, stimulating, illuminating — and one they won’t soon forget.

“The Pequot Museum strives to provide contemporary and vital research about the real, lived experiences of indigenous people in American society,” said Dr. Jason Mancini, Pequot Museumdirector. “Understanding Implicit Bias gives visitors a foundational understanding of how societally pervasive biases have tangible outcomes in the lives of all people, including Native people, as they work to maintain and create culture in the 21st century.”

Admitting and identifying our own biases can be difficult and something we don’t know how to do. Yet two decades of scientific research has persuasively demonstrated that all of us harbor implicit bias even if we hold no explicit prejudice. Our society is saturated with attitudes and stereotypes about social groups and people encompassing a range of intersectional identities. Over time these feelings and beliefs become ingrained. The Implicit Bias exhibit offers opportunities to attend to bias and other forms of discrimination, as well as to explore recent debates in the realm of implicit bias research.

Created by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Understanding Implicit Bias is made possible at the Pequot Museum by the University of Connecticut Thomas J. Dodd Center, The Office for Diversity and Inclusion, and The Neag School of Education.

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