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  • Date and time: Wednesday 3 June 2020, 1pm to 2pm
  • Location: Online event
  • Audience: Open to alumni, staff, students, the public
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Have you ever been told to smile more, been teased about your accent, or had your name pronounced incorrectly? If so, you've probably already faced bias in your everyday life.

Behavioural scientist, activist and writer Pragya Agarwal will unravel the way our implicit or ‘unintentional' biases affect the way we communicate and perceive the world, and how they affect our decision-making, even in life and death situations.

Pragya, author of Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias, will take a unique inter-disciplinary approach to the subject, combining case studies, personal experience, interviews and real world stories underpinned by scientific theories and research.  Join her as she examines a wide range of implicit biases, including age-ism, appearance, accents, sexism and aversive racism.

About the speaker

Dr Pragya Agarwal is a behavioural scientist, with expertise in cognition, HCI and User-centred Design, focused especially in diversity and inclusivity. She was a senior academic for over 12 years at USA and UK Universities, and held the prestigious Leverhulme Fellowship, following a PhD from the University of Nottingham. Pragya has published numerous scientific articles and books, some of which are on the reading list for leading courses around the world. As a freelance writer, she regularly writes thought pieces on racial and gender bias for the Guardian, Times Higher Education, Forbes, Prospect, Independent, Metro, Huffington Post and various other publications.

Pragya is a two-time TEDx speaker, and was named as one of the 100 influential women in social enterprise in the UK, and one of 50 people creating change in the UK-India corridor on the High and Mighty list. She can be found on twitter as @DrPragyaAgarwal

Book sales

You can buy copies of many of our speakers’ books from Fox Lane Books, a local independent bookseller and Festival partner.  In some cases, author signed bookplates are available too.