Presented with the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford
Join us for a wide-ranging conversation with Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr., one of the most influential voices in American academia today. Claude Steele, who has known Professor Gates over the course of his long, pioneering career, will guide an interview that illuminates various dimensions of this leading scholar’s life and work at Harvard, where he served as chair of the Department of African and African American Studies from 1991 to 2006, as a writer for The New Yorker under Tina Brown, as a film and television documentary producer, and as a keen observer of the role of race in American society and politics.
and African American Research and Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is most recognized for his extensive research of African American history and literature, and for developing and expanding the African American Studies program at Harvard University. The first black to receive a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, Gates is the author of many books, articles, essays, and reviews, and has received numerous awards and honorary degrees. Gates, who has displayed an endless dedication to bringing African-American culture to the public, has co-authored, co-edited, and produced some of the most comprehensive African-American reference materials in the country. His honors and grants include a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (1981), the George Polk Award for Social Commentary (1993), Time magazine’s “25 Most Influential Americans” list (1997), a National Humanities Medal (1998), election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1999), the Jefferson Lecture (2002), and a Visiting Fellowship at the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2003-04). He was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford in 2007–08.
CLAUDE STEELE, Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences
and Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford
Claude Steele grew up in a family of four children in a working-class suburb of Chicago. His memories of childhood include his family’s involvement in the Civil Rights and school desegregation movements. He received his BA from Hiram College and his MA and PhD from Ohio State University. He came to Stanford in 1991 where he developed his theory of stereotype threat, designating a common process through which people from different groups – being threatened by different stereotypes – can have quite different experiences in the same situation. He has received the Dean’s Teaching Award at Stanford, the William James Fellow Award from the American Psychological Society, the Kurt Lewin Award and the Gordon Allport Prize in Social Psychology from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award and the Senior Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest from the American Psychological Association, and the Cattell Faculty Fellowship. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Sciences and he has been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Michigan, University of Chicago, Yale University, Princeton University and the University of Maryland.