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C6. Failures and Those Who Love Them

  • 02/04/2020
  • 03/03/2020
  • 5 sessions
  • 02/04/2020, 11:30 AM 1:00 PM (EST)
  • 02/11/2020, 11:30 AM 1:00 PM (EST)
  • 02/18/2020, 11:30 AM 1:00 PM (EST)
  • 02/25/2020, 11:30 AM 1:00 PM (EST)
  • 03/03/2020, 11:30 AM 1:00 PM (EST)
  • AC - Kennedy Building Rm. 119
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History is full of inspirational stories of people redeeming themselves from failures, such as George Washington (who lost a major battle with the French), Mark Twain (who once went bankrupt) and Grace Hopper (who turned to alcohol after being turned down for a Navy commission). We don’t always learn from these mistakes, as seen in WW II in battles between the Allies and Germany. In this course, we will look at failures redeemed and failure enduring from the perspective of psychologists, economists, politicians, and theologians. 

INSTRUCTOR: Karl Hakkarainen is technology adviser for WISE. He has taught WISE courses covering digital literacy, social networks, history, music, and intellectual property law.


OPTIONAL BOOKS:  Dweck, Carol S. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Random House, 2016. ISBN: 9781400062751.

Taleb, Nassim Nicholas. Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder. Random House, 2016. ISBN: 9780812979688.

Weinberger, David. Everyday Chaos: Technology, Complexity, and How We’re Thriving in a New World of Possibility. Harvard Business Review Press, 2019. ISBN: 9781633693951.

Karl Hakkarainen

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