Crime and punishment occur under extreme uncertainty. Offenders, victims, police officers, prosecutors, witnesses, judges, and jurors all make high-stakes decisions with limited information, often under severe time pressure. Stereotypes loom large under such conditions, and affect the workings of the justice system through insidious, pervasive, and sometimes surprising paths. In this SFI Community Lecture, economist Rajiv Sethi shows how deeply stereotypes are implicated in the most controversial criminal justice issues of our time, and how a clearer understanding of their effects can guide us toward a more just society.
Rajiv Sethi is a Professor of Economics at Barnard College, Columbia University and an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He has previously held visiting positions at Microsoft Research in New York City, and at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is on the editorial boards of the American Economic Review and Economics and Philosophy. His research deals primarily with information and beliefs, and he is a co-author of Shadows of Doubt: Stereotypes, Crime, and the Pursuit of Justice, published by Harvard University Press in 2019.
Sethi will be signing copies of his book in the Lensic lobby at 6:15 pm. This lecture will begin at 7:30 pm.
Join us on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. for this community lecture at The Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.
This Community Lecture is presented at no cost to the public by the Santa Fe Institute and the James S. McDonnell Foundation, with additional support from the Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Santa Fe Reporter.
Tickets are free, but reservations are required. Reserve your seat through The Lensic.
Residents of Santa Fe are encouraged to attend in person. Those unable to attend can watch the talk live on SFI's YouTube page.
Listen to Rajiv Sethi's interview with Mary Charlotte Domandi on Radio Cafe (August 15, 2019)
Listen to Rajiv Sethi's interview with Tom Towbridge on KSFR (August 16, 2019)