Renowned social psychologist Claude Steele will visit Beloit College to give a lecture on Monday (Sept. 9). Free and open to the public, the lecture titled “Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do” takes place at 7:30 p.m. in Eaton Chapel. The entire Beloit College community is encouraged to attend.
If the name sounds familiar, it’s probably for good reason. Steele’s work served as the foundation for discussion at the 2012 faculty/staff Fall Conference and many subsequent Staff Council meetings. Currently the I. James Quillen Dean for the School of Education at Stanford University, Steele will speak on the issues he presented in his 2010 book of the same name.
He is, President Bierman told the Beloit community in an all-campus email announcing the visit, “the architect of one of the most important strands of social science research in the last thirty years, namely, the critical role of stereotype threat arising from social identity contingencies, in explaining differential human behavior and differential social outcomes.” It’s work, he added, that can be useful to us as a community as we strive to live out the college’s mission.
During his visit to campus, Steele will also participate in a panel discussion of teaching and advising at Beloit and facilitate a discussion with students regarding social identity.
Steele’s research focuses on the psychological experience of the individual and on the experience of threats to the self and the consequences of those threats. He has published articles in numerous scholarly journals, including the American Psychologist, the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
Interested in checking out some of Steele’s work before his visit? Other than Whistling Vivaldi, here are some compiled interviews and articles authored by the scholar over the years.
- “Secrets of the SAT,” on PBS’s Frontline
- “Thin Ice: Stereotype Threat and Black College Students,” by Claude Steele, Atlantic Monthly, August 1999
- NPR's Talk of the Nation, “Whistling Vivaldi and Beating Stereotypes”