Humanities Forum

Harvard University social psychologist Mahzarin Banaji will discuss the science of prejudice and the use of innovative research methods to measure bias as these topics relate to Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, following the 2pm matinee performance on Sunday, September 21. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to an performance of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

The Humanities Forum explores the context and significance of the play with a leading expert. Past forums have featured historians Doris Kearns Goodwin (Team of Rivals) and Beverly Morgan-Welch (Museum of African-American History), playwrights Paula Vogel and Lydia R. Diamond, Boston Globe columnists, and accomplished scholars. The Humanities Forum is presented following select Sunday matinee performances.

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Mahzarin Banaji received her PhD from Ohio State University and was a postdoctoral fellow at University of Washington. She taught at Yale University for 15 years, receiving the Lex Hixon Prize for Teaching Excellence. She is currently a Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the department of psychology at Harvard. She served as the first Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. At present, Ms. Banaji also serves as Cowan Chair in Human Social Dynamics at the Santa Fe Institute. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Diener Award for Outstanding Contributions to Social Psychology, and she is a Herbert Simon Fellow of the Association for Social and Political Psychology. Ms. Banaji studies unconscious thinking and feeling as they unfold in social context. She has primarily studied social attitudes and beliefs in adults and children, relying on multiple methods including cognitive/affective behavioral measures and neuroimaging (fMRI). With these, she explores the implications of her work for questions of individual responsibility and social justice in democratic societies. Her current research interests focus on the origins of social cognition and applications of implicit cognition to improve organizational practices.

 

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner (“The Cosby Show”) makes his Huntington debut in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner directed by Huntington favorite David Esbjornson (All My Sons). Joanna surprises her liberal, white parents when she brings home John, her African-American fiancé, to meet them. Both sets of parents must confront their own unexpected reactions and concerns for their children as their beliefs are put to the test. Set in the 1960s, this funny and poignant new stage adaptation offers a fresh interpretation of the beloved Academy Award-winning film and also features Julia Duffy (“Newhart”), Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox, and Boston favorite Will Lyman.

Approximate run time: 2 hours and 15 minutes including one intermission.

"David Esbjornson brings a striking contemporary perspective to classics that allow us to experience them in new and unexpected ways. After his astonishing production of All My Sons, I can't wait for him to reveal the emotional and social immediacy of the ideas raised by this landmark film." — Peter DuBois
"Guess Who's Coming To Dinner is a cultural touchstone. Approaching it today, I wanted to talk about and engage in the attitudes of 1967 with a 21st century approach."— Todd Kreidler

 

"I am delighted to return to the Huntington to present Todd Kreidler's exciting new stage adaptation of what has become a classic American story. We hope that audiences will find the experience of this piece to be compelling, provocative, and perhaps all-too-relevant."— David Esbjornson


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