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Even those of us who try to be open-minded often judge people differently based on the groups we each fall into: red state or blue, Black or White, Israeli or Palestinian. At the same time, many of us wish we could get beyond these differences: according to a recent poll, 87% of Americans are tired of how politically and culturally divided we are. How can the idea of in-group bias help us understand and change our own thinking? Do interactions with the “other” really help, and if so, under what conditions? We’ll draw on the fields of sociology and conflict resolution as we talk about a world-famous orchestra composed of young Arab and Israeli musicians trying to bridge their divides through music. This class is a repeat from last summer.

Beyond “Us vs. Them”: In-group bias, contact theory and the West Eastern Divan Orchestra
Elke Jahns-Harms, Tufts Faculty Member
1 Friday, 10am - 12pm (6/14)
Class will be held in-person on the Tufts Medford/Somerville campus.

Affiliated With:

University College