The 2013 Honors First-year Book: Whistling Vivaldi
The LSA Honors Program's 2013 Honors First-year Book is Whistling Vivaldi. Quoting Amazon reviews: "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."
Students receive their copies of the summer book at Orientation, reading it over the summer, before arriving for move-in and Welcome Week. They should also watch their UMICH email: details are sent about the Honors Kickoff on August 30. The morning is spent discussing some of the issues raised by the book with a panel of UM faculty specialists and then in small groups led by Honors faculty, staff, and students. After our discussions, we have lunch together in the Michigan Union, followed by series of Honors community activities and a reception in the afternoon.