Feb. 1: Lawrenceville Parents Invited Discuss Stereotype Threat

Parents of all current Lawrenceville students: Please join English Master Bill Williams for a discussion of “Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do,” by Claude M. Steele. The talk will take place on February 1, beginning at 5:30 p.m., in Foundation House’s Alumni Study.
 
Williams, along with Lawrentians Esha Akhtar '21, Kalah Brown '19, Jax Floyd '20, Cate Levy '20, and Harrison Lee '19 will discuss ways we are all influenced by – and can work to reduce- stereotype threat. The talk is sponsored by Lawrenceville’s Multicultural Parents Association.
 
“Whistling Vivaldi” is a groundbreaking study of how pervasive stereotypes can influence behavior and performance. Sam Washington, Lawrenceville’s Director of Multicultural Affairs, said, “What you think people are thinking about you can make what they are thinking about you more likely to occur. All of us deal with different perceptions of who we are supposed to be. Whether you are male or female, black or white, wealthy or on financial aid – everyone has different identities and there are stigmas attached to each one of them.”
 
For additional information, please contact Lisa M. Gillard Hanson, director of Public Relations, at lgillard@lawrenceville.org.
 
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