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“Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us” chosen as the 2015 common reading book

Claude Steele is an author, social psychologist and executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of California, Berkeley. His book about combatting stereotypes is the common reading book for the fall of 2015.

Julia Bianco, Director of Web and Multimedia

April 20, 2015

Brent Staples whistled Vivaldi and other classical music as he walked down the streets of Chicago as a young African-American graduate student, hoping to combat the negative stereotypes that he saw on some passerby’s faces. Today, Staples’ story is the inspiration for the title of the 2015 common...

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