September 14, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Hartman Hall

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World - David Epstein

Merging stories from the worlds of sports, business, medicine, and education, Epstein will shed light on the paths to peak performance.

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Co-hosted with College of Arts and Letters, College of Integrated Science and Engineering and JMU X-Labs, with support from the Honors College, College of Science and Math, and JMU Research and Scholarship.

About David Epstein

David EpsteinDavid Epstein is the author of the #1 New York Times best seller Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, and of the New York Times best seller The Sports Gene, both of which have been translated in more than 20 languages. (To his surprise, the latter was purchased not only by his sister but also by President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.) He is also the host of Slate’s popular “How To!” podcast.

David has given talks about performance science and the uses (and misuses) of data on five continents; his TED Talks (here and here) have been viewed more than 10 million times. Three of his stories have been optioned for films: a Sports Illustrated story on the only living Olympian to have survived a concentration camp; an Atlantic/ProPublica piece detailing the DEA’s fraught pursuit of Chapo Guzman’s rivals; and a 2016 “This American Life” episode he wrote and narrated about a woman with two rare diseases who shares a mutant gene with an Olympic medalist.

David enjoys volunteering with the Pat Tillman Foundation and Classroom Champions. An avid runner, he was a Columbia University record holder and twice NCAA All-East as an 800-meter runner.

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