2021 Stephen A. Levin Family Dean's Forum: Range vs. Grit
The Stephen A. Levin Family Dean's Forum proudly presents:
Range vs. Grit
David Epstein, Expert on the science of high performance and the author of New York Times bestsellers Range and The Sports Gene
In conversation with:
Angela Duckworth, Rosa Lee and Egbert Chang Professor and author of New York Times bestseller Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
What’s the secret to success in any field? Why do some people succeed and others fail? David Epstein and Angela Duckworth discuss two different, seemingly contrasting perspectives on these fundamental questions.
David Epstein has studied the world’s top performers, from athletes to artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and Nobel laureates. His conclusion: In most fields, generalists—not specialists—are primed to excel. Epstein unpacks the science of success and ways to improve how you live, work, and prepare for the future.
Through research with teachers working in some of the toughest schools, cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee, Angela Duckworth has found that grit—a combination of passion and perseverance for long-term goals—is the hallmark of high achievers in every domain. She’s also found scientific evidence that grit can grow.
David Epstein is the author of The New York Times bestsellers Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World and The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance. Range was one of Forbes’ “Seven Business Books Entrepreneurs Need to Read” and received rave reviews from Malcolm Gladwell, Bill Gates, and Daniel Pink. His TED Talk has been viewed over 12 million times. He previously was an investigative reporter for ProPublica and a Sports Illustrated senior writer.
Angela Duckworth is the founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance scientific insights that help children thrive. She is a professor in the Penn Arts & Sciences Department of Psychology and the Wharton School, faculty co-director of the Penn-Wharton Behavior Change for Good Initiative, and faculty co-director of Wharton People Analytics. In 2013, she was named a MacArthur Fellow.
The Stephen A. Levin Family Dean’s Forum is an annual celebration of the arts and sciences. Initiated in 1984, the Forum presents leading intellectual figures who exemplify the richness of the liberal arts. The Stephen A. Levin Family Dean’s Forum is made possible by a generous gift from Stephen A. Levin, C’67, in honor of his son Eric T. Levin, C’92.