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Learning to Fail [Registration Required]

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Friday, October 18, 2019
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9:30 am - 11:30 am
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Amanda Starling Gould, Ph.D. & Aaron Dinin, Ph.D.

Most of the world's successful entrepreneurs failed many times before finally achieving success. This workshop will help students better understand the benefits that can come from failed efforts.

Pratt master's students can register at on the Professional Development Masters F19 Schedule.

Amanda Starling Gould graduated from Duke University in 2017 with a Ph.D. in Literature and a certificate in Information Science & Studies. Her teaching and research investigates global environmental health communication, digital media, global environmental humanities, environmental justice, EcoCritical DH, sustainable humanities scholarship, embodied media(ted) experiences, and the narrative, performative, and artistic aspects of the health humanities.She co-teaches a course on failure, empathy, embodiment, and resilience, "Learning to Fail," for Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship with Dr. Aaron Dinin.

Aaron Dinin earned a PhD in English from University of Maryland, College Park. Aaron spent 10+ years working as a tech entrepreneur and software developer. He founded three tech companies, participated in two top-tier technology accelerators and was named a Microsoft Fellow for his work on tech startups. He co-founded a venture-backed sales tech company in Durham called RocketBolt. This extensive experience building companies inform Aaron's classes in Duke's I&E program.

Contact: Carey Rudell