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The Matter of Fact Listening Tour hosted by Soledad O’Brien centers on the urgent conversation about race, equality and justice.

“The Hard Truth About Bias” features conversations about the relationship of race and privilege; racial stress; the impact of bias in the images and language in our daily news and information; and the creation of stereotypes and how they influence the way we think. A special segment will revisit the landmark 1968 Esquire interview with legendary novelist, playwright, essayist, poet and activist James Baldwin. In addition, the presentation will include a segment bringing together individuals involved in recent public confrontations that have gone viral.

Guests to appear include (in alphabetical order):

Mahzarin Banaji,D. Professor of Psychology, Harvard University
Genesis Be, musical artist and activist
Brenda White Bull, great, great granddaughter of Lakota leader Sitting Bull
Joie Chen, Matter of Factjournalist
Trae Crowder, writer and comedian
Robin DiAngelo,D., Affiliate Associate Professor of Education, University of Washington
Jennifer Eberhardt,D., Professor of Psychology, Stanford University
Alicia Garza, Black Lives Matter co-founder
Eddie Glaude, D., Chair of the Center for African American Studies, Princeton University
Jemele Hill, VICE journalist
Wes Lowery, CBS News journalist
Alfred Martin, D., Assistant Professor of Media Studies, The University of Iowa
Mia Mask,D., Professor of Film, Vassar College
Wes Moore, CEO, the Robin Hood Foundation
Rashawn Ray, D., Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland
John Ridley, Oscar-winning screenwriter
Michael Sebastian, Esquire editor-in-chief
Etan Thomas, ESPN Radio host and former NBA player
“The Hard Truth About Bias” is the first installment of the Listening Tour, with a series of quarterly virtual forums to be presented in 2021.

The ongoing series will advance meaningful conversations about race and social justice, explore approaches and ideas for creating greater opportunities for people of color, and address systems and practices that limit racial equity. The series features authors, researchers, activists, artists, and business leaders, bringing original and substantive insights to this critical national dialogue.

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