Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do, by social psychologist Claude Steele, is the 2014-2015 One Book One Northwestern book selection. In Whistling Vivaldi, Steele looks back on his 30-year career investigating the impact of social biases and prejudices on everyday life. Finding that stereotypes can influence behavior and affect performance, he shares important strategies that may prove helpful in lessening their negative effects.

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This Month in One Book

A Note from Harvey Young, One Book One Northwestern Faculty Chair

What a year! Over the past nine months, we employed Claude Steele’s book Whistling Vivaldi as a catalyst to spark campus-wide conversations on the importance of valuing the diverse perspectives and experiences of others. We talked about the dangers of stereotypes. We engaged in workshops designed to help us remove the blinders of unconscious bias. We listened as our fellow Wildcats told their stories—and we gained a glimpse at life through their eyes. We came together as a community. We shared. We reflected. We committed ourselves to battling racism, sexism, ageism and all those other -isms wherever they exist. The year has ended…but, in many ways, the work has just begun.  



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Harvey Young

Harvey Young
One Book, One Northwestern Faculty Chair, Associate Professor, Theatre; School of Communication

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Nancy Cunniff
Program Coordinator One Book, One Northwestern

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