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Friday, September 17

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Event Contact

Scott Allen, Ph.D.

sallen@jcu.edu

In the wake of the social unrest of 2020 and growing calls for racial justice, many business leaders and ordinary citizens are asking that very question. This book provides a compass for all those seeking to begin the work of anti-racism. In The Conversation, Robert Livingston addresses three simple but profound questions: What is racism? Why should everyone be more concerned about it? What can we do to eradicate it?

We are hosting a free book club throughout Fall 2021. Participants will receive a complimentary copy of the book and commit to attending four virtual meetings throughout the semester.

Meeting Dates and Times:

  • September 17, 2021 - Noon-1:00 p.m.
  • October 15, 2021 - Noon-1:00 p.m. 
  • November 19, 2021 - Noon-1:00 p.m.
  • December 8, 2021 - 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. - An evening with Dr. Robert Livingston, Lecturer in Public Policy - Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Hosted by the Dr. James S. Reid Chair in Management, in partnership with the Division of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, and the Office of Alumni Relations.

Dr. Robert W. Livingston is a Lecturer of Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Prior to joining Harvard, he held full-time faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and the University of Sussex in England, where he was also Director of the Centre for Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity (LEAD). In addition, he has held visiting faculty positions at Princeton University and Carnegie Mellon University.

Broadly speaking, Dr. Livingston’s research focuses on diversity, leadership, and social justice. His work has been published in multiple top-tier academic journals such as the Journal of Personality and Social PsychologyPersonality and Social Psychology BulletinPsychological Science, and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and has been featured in prominent media outlets such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, BBC, Newsweek, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, Financial Times, ABC News, The Guardian, CNN, Yahoo, and MSNBC. He has also authored several book chapters and co-edited an award-winning book on social identity and intergroup relations (with Roderick Kramer at Stanford University).

More specifically, Dr. Livingston’s research ranges from micro-level experimental investigations of the psychological and physiological processes that underlie implicit bias (e.g., stereotyping, prejudice)—to more macro-level examinations of discrimination in society and the workplace, particularly in upper-level leadership positions. For example, his research on the “Teddy Bear Effect”, finding that Black CEO’s (but not White CEOs) uniquely benefit from “disarming mechanisms” (e.g., babyfaceness) that make them appear warmer and less threatening, has been widely cited. He is also known for his research on “intersectionality” which explores variability in perception and treatment of individuals within the same gender (e.g., Black women--White women) or racial (e.g., Black men--Black women) categories.

Dr. Livingston has delivered diversity training and has served as a management consultant for numerous Fortune 500 companies, as well as public-sector agencies/municipalities and non-profit organizations. He also teaches in executive education programs and has received multiple awards and recognition for excellence in teaching. In his spare time, he enjoys jazz, wine and whiskey tasting, philosophy, art and interior design, real estate investing, outdoor activities, and wildlife documentaries. He has resided in five countries and is fluent in four languages.