Distinguished Lecture Series presents Sarah Lewis

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By Darby Sparks

Sarah Lewis, author of “The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery,” will speak at the Jordan Ballroom in the Student Union Building on Monday, April 17, as a part of the Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series.

Lewis is an author, curator and assistant professor at Harvard University. Her recent title, “The Rise,” is about the creative process of human endeavors. It explores new perspectives in innovation and mastery.

Andrew Finstuen, dean of the Honors College at Boise State, encouraged all students to attend the lecture to hear the message Lewis has to share about how artists continue to shape our world through vision and justice.

“What an opportunity to learn from a speaker who wants to apply art and aesthetics to the notion of what it means to be human in a society, and to pursue justice,” Finstuen said. “That is a unique perspective.”

“The Rise” discusses the creative process as a lifestyle endeavor, which causes those to pursue the mastery of their craft. She further explains that success is simply an event, while mastery is the underlying motivation of constantly pursuing a near win.

“The opportunity of taking a risk is an important challenge for students to understand,” Finstuen said.

Maddie Jewell, a student at Boise State, is looking forward to attending the lecture.

“As soon as I heard that Lewis was speaking, I bought a copy of her book, and I am really excited to read about the change it can inspire through the arts.”

The lecture is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with no tickets required.


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