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Lecture on stereotypes, March 8

Claude Steele, chairman of the Department of Psychology at Stanford University, will give a lecture titled "How Stereotypes Can Shape Intellectual Performance and Identity" at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in 50 McCosh Hall.

The talk, this year's Stafford Little Lecture, will describe Steele's research examining how group-identity stereotypes can affect personal identities and such important behaviors as school and test performance. He will present evidence that when the pressure of these stereotypes is reduced, the intellectual performance of those negatively stereotyped improves dramatically. He will explore how this threat can be lessened in schools, present strategies for building trust across racial, gender and cultural divides, and discuss the implications of these findings for college admissions and other academic policy issues.

The talk is part of the University's Public Lectures Series.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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