Dr. Sarah Lewis Urges Boys to Consider What Catalyzes Excellence and Creativity

At a recent chapel, Dr. Sarah Lewis, Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies at Harvard spoke to the boys about considering their life's journey.

Dr. Lewis asked the boys to ponder what catalyzes excellence and creativity and what propels growth and spurs us on to pathbreaking work.  She described excellence as a journey, a constant pursuit, and one that includes failure and learning from failure. She provided several historical references for the boys to consider.

Dr. Lewis is a gifted teacher, writer, and speaker with a broad array of interests but with a particular current focus on representations of race in contemporary art and American culture.  She was also the guest editor of the landmark "Vision and Justice" issue of Aperture and is engaged in a current book project that looks at race and photography.  Her talk centered on themes from her bestselling book The Rise: Creativity, The Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery.  

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