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Author Kathryn Schulz

The seventh annual WSU Common Reading Invited Lecture welcomes Kathryn Schulz, author of the 2013-14 book, “Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error.” The public is welcome to this free presentation. Schulz’s basic premise in the book is that while most of us abhor being wrong, recognizing error is actually an opportunity to realize something new about ourselves, others, and/or the world around us. The book has proven to be a very good fit for us as a research university, where research questions invariably come from recognizing where something has gone wrong or where current knowledge or practice is incomplete, ineffective, or erroneous. It is also a good fit for students learning about their own development and being able to see their own challenges and failings as opportunities for growth instead of roadblocks. The book is in use in dozens of classes, and touches on topics ranging from neurology to social bias to the roots of comedy and narrative. Speaker Schulz has been featured in a Ted Talk and YouTube, and is engaging and often humorous.