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Ideas&Insights - David Epstein

David Epstein, "Range - Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World" - Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 pm

Fay School is delighted to welcome New York Times bestselling author David Epstein on Thursday, September 26. Based on his new book by the same name, Epstein uses research on the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, and scientists to argue that in most fields—especially those that are complex and unpredictable—generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. They’re also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see. Epstein makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency and for exploration across domains, showing how people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive in a world where computers now master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans.
David Epstein is the author of Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, and of the top 10 New York Times bestseller The Sports Gene, which has been translated in 21 languages. He was previously a science and investigative reporter at ProPublica, and prior to that a senior writer at Sports Illustrated. His writing has been honored by an array of organizations, from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, to the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Center on Disability and Journalism, and has been included in the Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology. His story “Following the Trail of Broken Hearts,” on sudden cardiac death in athletes, was chosen as one of the top 100 stories of the last 100 years by Columbia Journalism alumni. His TED Talk about performance science and the uses (and misuses) of data has been viewed 7 million times.

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Event Details

Event Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019
Event Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Fay School's Root Meeting Room, located in the Root Academic Building

Parking will be available in Harlow Circle (23 Middle Road) and behind Brackett House (31 Main Street). Signs will be on campus to direct visitors; click here for a campus map.

Harlow Circle - 23 Middle Road, Southborough, MA

Brackett House - 31 Main Street, Southborough, MA
Watch David Epstein's TED Talk: “Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?”

This event is free to attend and open to the public, but an RSVP is required to reserve your spot.

Fay School's Ideas&Insights Speaker Series welcomes experts in education, child development, and parenting to share research, tools, and inspiration with parents and families.

Previous speakers:
Dr. Madeline Levine: "Teach Your Children Well" (2019)
Dr. Richard Ginsburg: “Youth Sports Specialization: What Parents Need to Know” (2018)
Dr. Julie Lythcott-Haims: "How to Raise an Adult" (2018)
Ron Lieber: "The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money” (2017)
Dr. Rob Evans: "Raising Healthy Children in Challenging Times" (2017)
Katie LeClerc-Greer: "How Do We Keep Our Kids Safe in This Technology-Driven World?" (2016)
Dr. Michael Thompson: "How to Raise Responsible Children" (2015)
Dr. Nancy Carlsson-Paige: "Taking Back Childhood: Helping Children Thrive in Challenging Times" (2014)
Jessica Lahey: "The Gift of Failure" (2013)