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‘Whistling Vivaldi’ at ETHS

Evanston Township High School will host “Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do” with Claude Steele, Ph.D.

The program will be held on Monday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Presented in partnership with the Family Action Network (FAN), the event is free and open to the public. CPDUs are available for educators.

In his 2010 book, "Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do," Dr. Steele offers a vivid first-person account of the research that supports his groundbreaking findings on stereotypes and identity.

An acclaimed social psychologist , Dr. Steele sheds new light on American social phenomena from racial and gender gaps in test scores to the belief in the superior athletic prowess of black men, and lays out a plan for mitigating these “stereotype threats” and reshaping American identities.

"Whistling Vivaldi" was chosen as the 2014-15 One Book One Northwestern University selection.

As a follow-up to Dr. Steele’s presentation at ETHS, free workshops will be held on Dec.10 at Evanston Public Library with representatives from Evanston Township High School, Northwestern University, North Shore Country Day, Y.O.U., and YWCA Evanston-North Shore. 

Dr. Steele is the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of California, Berkeley, and previously was the I. James Quillen Dean for the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University, as well as Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Stanford.

The Dec. 8 presentation is sponsored by Family Action Network (FAN) and Evanston Township High School D202, in partnership with Baker Demonstration School, the ECGC Parent Group at New Trier High School, Evanston Public Library, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Kenilworth D38, North Shore Country Day School, Northwestern University, Roycemore School, Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.), and YWCA Evanston/North Shore.

The ETHS auditorium is wheelchair accessible. Guests should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to 7 p.m. to find parking and seats. Parking is recommended in the lot across from the main entrance, off of Dodge Avenue, or in the lots behind the high school. Parking is also available along Dodge Avenue, in accordance with posted City of Evanston signs.

Charles Bartling

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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