Sarah Elizabeth Lewis is an author, a curator and a professor at Harvard University. Her book, The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery, is a Los Angeles Times bestseller that was inspired by wanting to investigate the capacity of the human spirit. The book has been translated into six languages and has been made required reading at universities. Her TED Global talk on the theme of The Rise was named one of the best of the year and has been watched nearly 2 million times.

    Sarah has held curatorial positions at The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Tate Modern, London. At Harvard, Sarah’s courses focus on the relationship of art to citizenship and African American visual culture. She received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard, an M. Phil from Oxford and her Ph.D. from Yale. She lives in Cambridge, MA and New York City.

    “The first word I said was light,” Sarah says. “I think all we’re ever doing, in a million different ways, is trying to remember where to find the light. My commitment to the creative process is fueled by this quest.”

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