Columbia University

Failing, but not Flailing

March 23, 2021 at8:00pm EDT /Zoom Webinar

A discussion on the necessity of failure

Columbia University

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 | 8pm EDT

Failing, but not Flailing: A discussion on the necessity of failure

There are few things as universal as failure. Whether it’s academic, professional, or interpersonal, we’ve all felt the sting of not measuring up to expectations. The Veritas Forum at Columbia is hosting an event that will strive to explore that shared experience productively. We will be addressing questions such as: “Why is failure inevitable?”, “How do we learn to handle failure?”, “What does it look like to fail well?”, and finally “What are the benefits of failure?”

The online event will consist of a moderated discussion between Arthur Brooks (a Harvard professor, best-selling author, and Atlantic columnist) and Xiaodong Lin (a professor at Columbia’s Teachers College and the Founding Director of the Education for Persistence and Innovation Center), as well as a Q&A with questions from the viewers.

Speaker Bios

Arthur C. Brooks is the William Henry Bloomberg Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School. Before joining the Harvard faculty in July of 2019, he served for ten years as president of the Washington, D.C.-based American Enterprise Institute (AEI), one of the world’s leading think tanks. During his time at the AEI, Brooks was selected as one of Fortune Magazine’s “50 World’s Greatest Leaders” and was awarded six honorary doctorates. In addition, Brooks is an author of 11 books, a columnist for the Washington Post, host of the popular podcast “The Arthur Brooks Show,” and subject of the 2019 documentary film The Pursuit, now available on Netflix. Before his time at Harvard and the AEI, he was a full professor at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, occupying the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business and Government. (A complete bio can be found here.)

Xiaodong Lin is a professor of Cognitive Science in Education at Columbia University’s own Teachers College, as well as the Founding Director of the Education for the Persistence and Innovation Center (EPIC). With EPIC, she studies how to motivate students to succeed, despite running into obstacles in their school work and personal life. Professor Lin’s work has earned much attention, and she has received honors such as the Career Achievement Award and the Distinguished Research Award from the American Education Research Association, as well as the title of Carnegie Scholar. Additionally, Lin has served on the education expert advisory board of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, as well as contributed to the EDUCATION 2030 Initiative. (A complete bio can be found here.)

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Arthur Brooks

Professor, Bestselling Author, Atlantic Columnist

Harvard University

Xiaodong Lin

Professor of Cognitive Studies

Teachers College of Columbia University
Columbia University