University Lecture with Provost Claude M. Steele
President Lee C. Bollinger hosts the University Lecture
Claude M. Steele
Provost of the University
"Identity and Stereotype Threat: Their Nature and What to do About Them at School and Work"
Drawing on material from his upcoming book, Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us, Claude Steele shares the experiments and studies that show, again and again, that exposing subjects to stereotypes - merely reminding a group of female math majors about to take a math test, for example, that women are considered naturally inferior to men at math - impairs their performance in the area affected by the stereotype. Steele offers insight into how we form our senses of identity and lays out a plan for mitigating the negative effects of "stereotype threat" and reshaping American identities.
Followed by a question and answer session with the audience.
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Provost Claude M. Steele delivers his lecture titled, "Identity and Stereotype Threat: Their Nature and What to do About Them at School and Work"