The Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series at Boise State University will present Sarah Lewis, bestselling author of “The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery.” She will speak at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 17, in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom.
Lewis will discuss “Vision and Justice: How Artists Continue to Reshape Our World.” The lecture is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. No tickets are required. Parking is available for no charge in the Lincoln Garage.
“The Rise” is about creative human endeavor, and how innovation, mastery, and new concepts are found in unlikely places. Lewis also guest-edited the “Vision and Justice” issue of Aperture magazine — a landmark collection that addresses race, photography and social justice. The book is a bestseller that has been hailed by a who’s who of creative thinkers. Lewis Hyde calls it a “welcome departure from standard accounts of artistry and innovation.” The New York Times calls it “strikingly original.”
In January 2017, the Times named Lewis’s contribution to the recent collection of essays on Michelle Obama, titled “The Meaning of Michelle,” “the finest essay here.”
Lewis has spoken on the TED main stage, appeared on Oprah’s “Power List,” served on President Obama’s Arts Policy Committee, been profiled in Vogue, and currently is an assistant professor in the departments of History of Art and Architecture, and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. She has held positions at Yale’s School of Art, the Tate Modern and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and her essays have been published in Artforum and The Smithsonian. Her second book, on Frederick Douglass, will be published by Harvard University Press. She received her B.A. from Harvard, M. Phil from Oxford, and Ph.D. from Yale.
The Distinguished Lecture Series features speakers who have had a major impact in politics, the arts, science, business or other realms of contemporary significance. Former speakers in the series include Nobel Prize-winning physicist Carl Wieman, author Sir Salman Rushdie, Nobel Laureate in economics Joseph Stiglitz, biologist E.O. Wilson, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and former president of Poland Lech Walesa, environmental architect William McDonough, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh and others.