Stereotypes — are they just some problematic abstraction your freshman seminar professor attempted to purge from your mind with stern looks and lots of _(fill in the blank)_ist theory? According to Stanford School of Education Dean Claude Steele, they pose a problem more palpable than a mere issue of political correctness.
As this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Lecturer, Dr. Steele will present on his recently published work Whistling Vivaldi and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us this afternoon at 4 pm in the Granoff Center. With his concept of ‘stereotype threat,’ Steele offers a rather disconcerting look at how easily stereotypes can become realities in an educational setting and identity’s significant impact on classroom performance — sound like something you’ve experienced firsthand? Most of us have, and that’s why this is a cool thing you shouldn’t miss. Again, the lecture is at 4 pm in Granoff and, if you can’t make it, will also be streaming here.