Stereotypes (Social psychology)
Apr 12, 2010 — Women taking a math test will perform worse when reminded that women aren't expected to do well in math. Social psychologist Claude Steele calls this an example of the "stereotype threat." In his book, Whistling Vivaldi, he lays out a plan to reshape those expectations.
Mar 18, 2010 — Ad man Tom Burrell calls out negative images of African Americans in the media for perpetuating the myth of black inferiority. In Brainwashed, he examines the history of the myth and how contemporary culture reinforces it.
Dec 23, 2009 — Travel can be stressful, with flight delays, waiting rooms, and hours in economy class. One of the best ways to survive this mayhem is with a good book. Author Susan Jane Gilman offers suggestions for six great books that won't embarrass you in airports.
Dec 23, 2009 — Benjamin Nugent's book posits itself as the "history of the nerd," explaining the many facets of "geek-dom" that exist alongside a pervasive strain of anti-intellectualism in America. The book includes keen observations on jocks, racism, autism, and, of course, Dungeons and Dragons.
Feb 7, 2008 — Randall Kennedy talks about the history of the term "sellout" — when the word can be used and why the label has been used to chastise him. Kennedy's newest book is Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal.
Jan 9, 2008 — After his book, which contained the N-word in its title, was used in a hate crimes trial, Harvard professor Randall Kennedy was labeled a "sellout" among his peers. It inspired the author to write his latest book, Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal, which examines the charges of being disloyal, or exploiting one's own ethnic group.
Nov 7, 2007 — Loriene Roy, president of the American Library Association, talks about recent works of Native American fiction during this, American Indian Heritage Month.