Archive of Past Events

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Spring 2013

Living a Balanced Enough Life (in law school and beyond) 
Harvard Law School
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 
With Sheila Reindl, Ed.D., and SungLim Shin, Ph.D.

How Important is My GPA?
Friday, March 29, 2013
Sponsored by the FDO, BSC and OCS
A discussion with members of the University Community. 
Moderated by Ariel Phillips, Ed.D.
Panelists: Elizabeth Frates, M.D., Harvard Class of ’90, Assistant Clinical Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School; Director of Medical Student Education,Institute of Lifestyle Medicine; Dick Gross, Professor of Mathematics and former Dean of the College and Zach Herring, Senior OEB concentrator and PAF.

Competence and Confidence: The Role of Uncertainty in a Culture of Absolutes
Harvard Law School
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
With Ariel Phillips, Ed.D. and Sheila Reindl, Ed.D.

Reflections on Rejections: Helping Young People Develop Resilience
Saturday, March 8, 2013
GoodWork Conference, sponsored by Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education. http://www.thegoodproject.org
Abigail Lipson, Ph.D.

Spring 2012

How Important is My GPA? A discussion with members of the University Community
Friday, March 23, 2012
Sponsored by the FDO, BSC and OCS
Moderated by Ariel Phillips, Ed.D.
Panelists: Elizabeth Frates, M.D., Rory Michelle Sullivan, '09, Taras Dreszer, '14, and Oona Ceder, Assistant Director for Pre-Med and Health Career Advising at OCS.

Spring 2011

Reflections on Rejections: An Exploration of Resilience in the Face of Failure
Monday, February 7, 2011
Co-sponsored by the Bureau of Study Counsel and the Office of Career Services
Moderated by Abigail Lipson, Director of the Bureau of Study Counsel and editor of Reflections on Rejections.
Featured panelists: Lisa Boes, Lecturer on social studies and Acting Director of sophomore advising, Allston Burr Resident Dean of Pforzheimer House; Rory Michelle Sullivan, Harvard alum and current proctor; Tim Murphy, Head Football Coach, Harvard University - since 1994.

Reflections on Rejections: An Exploration of Resilience in the Face of Failure
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Co-sponsored by the Bureau of Study Counsel and the Harvard University Alumni Affairs and Development Office.
Featured panelists: Ellen Gordon Reeves '83, Ed.M. '86, HAA President-Elect, workplace expert and author, Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview?; Abigail Lipson, Ph.D., Director, Bureau of Study Counsel, Coordinator of the Reflections on Rejections Project; William Fitzsimmons '67, Ed.M. '69, Ed.D. '71, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Harvard College; Xiao-Li Meng A.M. '87, Ph.D. '90, Whipple V.N. Jones Professor of Statistics and Chair of the Department of Statistics, Harvard University.

Fall 2011

Stories of Success and Failure: The Path of Most Resilience
Friday, October 14, 2011, 11:15-12:15, Charles Hotel
Sponsored by the Harvard Alumni Association as part of the 375th Anniversary events.
With Abigail Lipson, Ph.D., Director of the Bureau of Study Counsel, and Xiao-Li Meng, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Statistics.

Spring 2010

Reflections on Rejections: An Exploration of Resilience in the Face of Failure
Monday, January 25, 2010
Moderator: Abigail Lipson, Director of the Bureau of Study Counsel and editor of Reflections on Rejections.
Panelists: Xiao-Li Meng, Professor of Statistics and Chair of the Statistics Department; and Allan Brandt, Professor of the History of Science and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Spring 2009

Reflections on Rejections: An Exploration of Resilience in the Face of Failure
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
A panel discussion to explore the experiences of success and failure, risk, rejection, and redemption. Attendees received a copy of Reflections on Rejections, featuring actual rejection letters received by Harvard University deans, faculty, students, and alums, along with their brief reflections on what the rejection meant to them, and their thoughts about the meanings of success and failure. The rejection letters are kind, cruel, or just form letters, but all Reflections on Rejections contributors are courageous enough to share their letters and insight.

Finding You: Defining Success Beyond Harvard University
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Pizza and discussion: Do you think that you or others around you have a narrow or skewed perception of success? Do you ever wonder how you could or should use your Harvard education? Come enjoy dinner and explore what it means to be successful - not just for one or two years but over your lifetime.
Facilitator: Craig Rodgers, Counselor at the Bureau of Study Counsel. 

Fall 2009

Originality & Plagiarism in the Age of Cut-and-Paste
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 and Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Discussions with Harvard College faculty and students about the challenges of producing original work. How does one come up with one's own ideas? How does one build on others' ideas in the service of one's own work? How does one reckon with ownership and attribution when collaborating with others?
Moderator: Abigail Lipson, Director of the Bureau of Study Counsel. 
Panelists: Anya Bernstein, Senior Lecturer on Social Studies; Deborah Foster, Senior Lecturer on Folklore and Mythology; Thomas Kelly, Professor of Music; Harry Lewis, Professor of Computer Science; Xiao-Li Meng, Professor/Chair of Statistics; and Gregory Tucci, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry and Chemical Biology. 

Spring 2009

Managing Expectations for Success in the Research Laboratory
July 7, 2008
Dinner discussion for students participating in the PRISE program (Harvard College Program for Research in Science and Engineering) regarding the role of experimentation and failure in science learning.
Facilitator: Craig Rodgers, Counselor at the Bureau of Study Counsel. 

Spring 2008

Insanely Busy: What Would Happen If I Slowed Down?
April 30 and May 7, 2008
Workshop for freshmen about how to keep contact with the heart of what matters to us and how to live without always being on "fast forward" even in an intense environment like Harvard.
Facilitators: Sheila Reindl, Ariel Phillips and Craig Rodgers. 

Success and Failure
April 2, 2008
Discussion panel for students at the Office of Career Services.
Sponsored by two student groups: "Students United Against Poverty" and "Diversity in Careers Awareness."
Facilitator: Ariel Phillips, Counselor at the Bureau of Study Counsel. 

Fall 2008

Finding You: Defining Success Beyond Harvard University
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Pizza and discussion: Do you think that you or others around you have a narrow or skewed perception of success? Do you ever wonder how you could or should use your Harvard education? Come enjoy dinner and explore what it means to be successful - not just for one or two years but over your lifetime.
Facilitator: Craig Rodgers, Counselor at the Bureau of Study Counsel. 

Spring 2007

Your GPA: Myths, Risks, and Choices
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Discussion for freshmen.
Panelists: Abigail Lipson, Ph.D., Director of the Bureau of Study Counsel; James Mancall, Ph.D., Assistant Dean of Advising Programs (and past Resident Dean of Freshmen); Lee Ann Michelson, Ph.D., Director of Pre-Medical and Health Career Advising; Ariel Phillips, Ed.D., Counselor at the Bureau of Study Counsel.

Summer 2006

Round Table on Success and Failure
June 13, 2006
Sponsored by the Bureau of Study Counsel
Moderators: Abigail Lipson (BSC Director); Ariel Phillips (BSC Counselor)
Presenters: Tal Ben-Shahar (Lecturer on Psychology), on the "perfectionism" lecture in his course on Positive Psychology; Thomas Jehn (Preceptor in Expository Writing, Assistant Director of the Harvard Writing Project), on his Expository Writing section, "Success Stories," examining historical and cultural notions of success; Harry Lewis (Professor of Computer Science, past Dean of Harvard College), on his new book, Excellence Without a Soul. Participants: Michael Basseches (BSC Counselor); Sarah Bingham (BSC Assistant Director); Robert Kegan (Professor in Adult Learning and Professional Development, HGSE); Frank McNamara (BSC Counselor); Sandra Naddaff (Senior Lecturer in Literature and Comparative Literature, Master of Mather House); Sheila Reindl (BSC Counselor); Sung Lim Shin (BSC Counselor); Niti Seth (BSC Counselor); Craig Rodgers (BSC Counselor); Claire Shindler (BSC Counselor); M. Suzanne Renna (BSC Associate Director).

Fall 2006

Grades and Beyond: Perfectionism, Risk-taking, and Learning from Failure
Thursday Sept 14, 2006
Sponsored by the Derek Bok Center, Fall Teaching Conference.
"As teachers, we want to encourage our students to truly learn and discover, not just work for grades. And yet, students are often reluctant to take intellectual risks for fear of less-than-perfect grades, which they see as failures. How can we encourage our students to take risks in the service of deeper engagement in their learning? This session includes a description of William Perry's scheme for understanding student development as it relates to students' beliefs about the nature of learning and teaching."  For teaching staff only.
Presenters: Ariel Phillips and SungLim Shin (BSC Counselors). 

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Perspectives on Success and Failure in College 2000-2005
A series of panel discussions for parents of first-year Harvard students.
Sponsored by the Harvard College Parents Association, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Freshman Dean's Office, and the Bureau of Study Counsel.
Moderator: Ariel Phillips, Bureau of Study Counsel

2005

Panelists:
Jay Ellison, Lecturer on Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Secretary to the Admin. Board
Judith Palfrey, HMS Professor of Pediatrics, HSPS Professor of Maternal and Child Health
Bill Wright-Swadel, Director of the Office of Career Services
Yi-Ping Ong, Resident Tutor in Kirkland House, doctoral candidate in English
Wordna Warren, Class of 2005

2004

Panelists:
Catherine Shapiro, Senior Tutor of Leverett House
Charles Ducey, (past) Director of the Bureau of Study Counsel
Michael Rodriguez, Lecturer in Psychology, Senior Tutor of Adams House
Jay Harris, Professor of Jewish Studies
Margo Hoppin, Class of 2004

2003

Panelists:
William Kirby, Professor of History, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Daniel Goroff, Professor of Mathematics, Assoc. Dir. of the Bok Center for
Teaching and Learning
Ann Harrington, Professor of the History of Science
Lawrence Steven Long, Class of 2003

2002

Panelists:
Dudley Herschbach, Professor of Science
Allen Counter, Director of the Harvard Foundation, Professor of Neurobiology
Diana Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies

2001

Panelists:
Satomi Matsumara, Senior Preceptor in Japanese
Everett Mendelsohn, Professor of the History of Science
Sandra Naddaff, Senior Lecturer on Literature, Co-Master of Mather House
Walter Bethune, Class of 2001
Cristin Hodgens, Class of 2001

2000

April Panelists:
Tal Ben-Shahar, Teaching Fellow in Psychology and Resident Tutor in Leverett House
Margaret Darnton, Class of 2000
Daniel Goroff, Professor of Mathematics, Assoc. Dir. of the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

October Panelists:
Howard Georgi, Professor of Physics, Master of Leverett House
Lauren Korfine, Lecturer on Psychology
Judith Ryan, Professor of German and Comparative Literature
Harry Lewis, Professor of Computer Science, (past) Dean of Harvard College
Kathrine Meyers, Class of 1998

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