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 Week in One Book

A Note from Harvey Young, One Book One Northwestern Faculty Chair
Last week was a blur of activity: the opening of the emotionally powerful play The Laramie Project; the tremendously insightful Chicago Humanities Festival interviews with novelist Jamaica Kincaid, actor Harry Lennix; and director Chuck Smith; and a visit to the RACE exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum by the residential colleges. This week, we are slowing down a bit…whew…to catch our breath. Looking ahead to Saturday (Nov. 1), we invite you to attend “Voyaging the Fantastic,” a roundtable conversation featuring dynamic artists and art critics talking about Afrofuturism and Afrosurrealism within the artistry of Wangechi Mutu. Next week, One Book will host the first, of two, Dittmar Dinners, a chance to talk about Whistling Vivaldi over dinner in Norris’ Dittmar Gallery with a special keynote address by Badi Foster, a prominent educator and nonprofit executive.



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Harvey Young

Harvey Young
OBON Faculty Chair, Associate Professor, Theatre; School of Communication

Nancy Cunniff

Nancy Cunniff
Program Coordinator One Book One Northwestern

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