Summer Reading Assignment
Summer Read Program: Faculty Panel for New Students
Saturday, August 31
Three Whitman professors will share unique, discipline-specific perspectives on the Summer Read Program 2013 book selection, Whistling Vivaldi.
This session will provide new students with a brief introduction to the intellectual community at Whitman and serve as a springboard for book discussions to follow.
Timothy Kaufman-Osborn, Provost and Dean of the Faculty.
2013 Summer Reading Assignment
"Whistling Vivaldi" by Claude M. Steele
The 2013-14 new student book selection is Whistling Vivaldi, by Claude M. Steele. The acclaimed social psychologist offers an insider's look at his research and groundbreaking findings on stereotypes and identity.
Claude M. Steele, who has been called "one of the few great social psychologists," offers a vivid first-person account of the research that supports his groundbreaking conclusions on stereotypes and identity. He 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.
All new students are asked to read "Whistling Vivaldi" and be prepared to participate in a small group discussion of the book with your resident assistant (RA) and student academic adviser (SA) during the fall new student orientation program.