Public Program- Scott Sandage

Lectures and Performances
Tuesday, March 14, 2006 - 7:00pm to Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 6:45pm

The History of Failure and the Failure of History
by Scott Sandage

Born LosersScott Sandage, Associate Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University, will discuss his new book Born Losers: A History of Failure in America (Harvard University Press, 2005). From colonial days to the Columbine tragedy, Sandage explores how failure evolved from a business loss into a personality deficit, from a career setback to a gauge of our self-worth. From hundreds of private diaries, family letters, business records, and even early credit reports, Sandage reconstructs the dramas of real-life Willy Lomans. He unearths their confessions and denials, foolish hopes and lost faith, sticking places and changing times. Dreamers, suckers, and nobodies come to life in the major scenes of American history, like the Civil War and the approach of big business, showing how the national quest for success remade the individual ordeal of failure.

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