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

As the weather warms and wildcats are beginning to shed their blizzard-proof ski masks and sub-zero rated parkas, it is apparent that we’re a good-looking bunch. Our look average is about to spike as recently named People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful” has announced an upcoming visit to Northwestern. Please join One Book, Rainbow Alliance and A&O Productions on April 28 in Pick-Staiger for an address by Orange is the New Black actress Laverne Cox. Ms. Cox will likely reflect on her professional work and her prominent role as a thought leader on transgender issues. Also, the Wirtz Center recently opened a stage adaptation of Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. It is an engaging, vivid, and indeed beautiful depiction of Dust Bowl life. I hope to see you at both events. 



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

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