Sarah Lewis - Cedar City
Sep 20, 2018, 11:30 am
VenueSouthern Utah University
351 W University Blvd
Cedar City , UT 84720-2415
Bestselling author, curator, and Assistant Professor at Harvard University Sarah Lewis visits Southern Utah University to discuss her book, The Rise on Thursday, September 20th at 11:30 AM in the Gilbert Great Hall of the Hunter Conference Center.
The Rise is a fascinating examination of how our most iconic creative endeavors—from innovation to the arts—are not achievements but conversions, corrections after failed attempts.
The gift of failure is a riddle: it will always be both the void and the start of infinite possibility. The Rise—part investigation into a psychological mystery, part an argument about creativity and art, and part a soulful celebration of the determination and courage of the human spirit—makes the case that many of the world’s greatest achievements have come from understanding the central importance of failure.
Written over the course of four years, this exquisite biography of an idea is about the improbable foundations of a creative human endeavor. Each chapter focuses on the inestimable value of often ignored ideas—the power of surrender, how play is essential for innovation, the “near win” can help propel you on the road to mastery, the importance of grit and creative practice. The Rise shares narratives about figures past and present that range from choreographers, writers, painters, inventors, and entrepreneurs; Frederick Douglass, Samuel F.B. Morse, Diane Arbus, and J.K. Rowling, for example, feature alongside choreographer Paul Taylor, Nobel Prize–winning physicists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, and Arctic explorer Ben Saunders.
Lewis is the guest editor of the landmark “Vision & Justice” issue of Aperture which received the 2017 Infinity Award for Critical Writing and Research from the International Center of Photography. Her essays on race, contemporary art and culture have been published in many journals including The New York Times, The New Yorker. Lewis is also the author of The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery, a layered, story-driven investigation of how innovation, discovery, and the creative process are all spurred on by advantages gleaned from improbable foundations.
This event is made possible with support from the Grace A. Tanner Center for Human Values, Southern Utah University and Utah Humanities.
Nonfiction & Art