On Tuesday, Nov. 5, The Blake School will be welcoming Dr. Claude Steele, Dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Education and author of “Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do,” as their school’s 22nd Annual Symposium featured speaker. The event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Blake Upper School located at 511 Kenwood Parkway, Minneapolis. This event is open to the public.
The 22nd Annual Blake Symposium

The Blake School invites your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues to an evening with Dr. Claude Steele, Dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Education and author of “Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do.” Dr. Steele will be the featured speaker at The Blake School’s 22nd Annual Symposium on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Blake Upper School located at 511 Kenwood Parkway, Minneapolis.

This event is free and open to the public. Educators have the opportunity to receive 2 CEU credits for attending.

Dr. Steele’s research focuses on the psychological experience of the individual and, particularly, on the experience of threats to the self and the consequences of those threats. His early work considered the self-image threat, self-affirmation and its role in self-regulation, the academic underachievement of minority students, and the role of alcohol and drug use in self-regulation processes and social behavior. While at Stanford University, he further developed the theory of stereotype threat, designating a common process through which people from different groups, being threatened by different stereotypes, can have quite different experiences in the same situation. The theory has also been used to understand group differences in performance ranging from the intellectual to the athletic.

Claude M. Steele is the I. James Quillen Dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Previously, he served as the 21st Provost of Columbia University, as well as a professor of psychology. He was educated at Hiram College and at Ohio State University, where he received his PhD in psychology in 1971. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Chicago, Yale University, Princeton University, and from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Education, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

Before joining Columbia University, he was a faculty member at Stanford University, holding appointments as the Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences, as director of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and as director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He is recognized as a leader in the field of social psychology and for his commitment to the systematic application of social science to problems of major societal significance.

He has published articles in numerous scholarly journals, including the American Psychologist, the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. His recent book, “Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do,” was published in 2010.

He is a member of the Board of the Social Science Research Council and of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Board of Directors. He has received numerous fellowships and awards. He was the recipient of the Dean’s Teaching Award from Stanford University. The American Psychological Association has bestowed on him the Senior Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest and the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award (1998). The American Psychological Society presented him with the William James Fellow Award for Distinguished Scientific Career Contribution (2000). The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues awarded him the Gordon Allport Prize in Social Psychology (1997) and the Kurt Lewin Memorial Award (1998). He received the Donald Campbell Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (2001).

For more information on Dr. Steele, visit Standford’s Graduate School of Education website at: https://ed.stanford.edu/faculty/steele and read about his work at: http://www.diversityinc.com/diversity-events/the-stereotype-threat-dr-claude-steele-mesmerizes-audience-video/. For information about the Blake Symposium contact Scott Flemming, Blake director of the Office of Equity and Community Engagement, at sflemming@blakeschool.org and visit www.blakeschool.org.