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

It’s May! Gardening guru Peter Loewer praises our current month for its “gentle name” and its “cool, misty mornings gently burned away with a warming spring sun, followed by breezy afternoons and chilly nights.” Against the backdrop of increasingly idyllic weather, One Book has arranged a dynamic set of activities to bring the academic year to a close.  Psychologist Mikki Hebl will be on campus on Tuesday, May 12th to lead workshops on the effects of unconscious bias in hiring. Later that week Friday  (May 15th), One Book welcomes back an amazing line-up of recent alumni who work in a variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields. The panelists will talk about the importance and value of diversifying STEM. The month will end with a performance of Sweet Tea by Northwestern’s E. Patrick Johnson. This engaging show is based on Professor Johnson’s interviews with gay men in the southern United States. 



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

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