“Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World” – Ideas&Insights talk for parents

by beth on September 18, 2019

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Above: Fay School’s Ideas&Insights series of expert presentations for parents continues this spring with bestselling author David Epstein.

Fay School is again inviting all Southborough parents to their Ideas&Insights series. Next week, they are bringing in an expert to argue that a strong, broad education is better than focusing on a specific discipline:

Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

Fay School is delighted to welcome New York Times bestselling author David Epstein on Thursday, September 26. Based on his new book by the same name, Epstein uses research on the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, and scientists to argue that in most fields—especially those that are complex and unpredictable—generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. They’re also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see. Epstein makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency and for exploration across domains, showing how people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive in a world where computers now master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans.

If you’re interested in the topic, you may be interested in the NY Times review of the book the talk is based on, Range.

Attending the series’ presentations is free to the public, but an RSVP is required to reserve your spot.

The event will be held Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 pm. The presentation will be in the Root Meeting Room, located on first floor of Root Academic Building. Parking is available in Fay School’s Harlow Circle. Please use the East Entrance at 23 Middle Road.

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