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Skidmore College
Carr Distinguished Interdisciplinary Lecture Series

Spring 2014 Carr Lecture"The Up Side of Down" 

Megan McArdle, journalist and blogger, Bloomberg View

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 8pm

Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

Free & Open to the Public

A Washington-based journalist who writes about economics, business, and public policy, McArdle is the author of The Up Side of Down, just published by Viking Press. Drawing on interviews, academic research, and her own experience with catastrophic life events, she’ll discuss why failure is an inevitable, and even beneficial, part of life.  And how to make failure a learning experience instead of a catastrophe.


Megan McArdle


Megan McArdle is a Bloomberg View columnist who writes on economics, business and public policy. In 2001, she founded one of the first economics blogs, “Live From The WTC,” while working for a disaster-recovery firm at Ground Zero. McArdle has been a correspondent for The Atlantic, the Economist, and Newsweek/The Daily Beast and appears regularly on MSNBC, Fox News, and NPR. She has also had book reviews and opinion pieces published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The New York Sun, Reason, The Guardian, and She has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A from the University of Chicago. She was a Bernard L. Schwartz fellow at The New America Foundation. Her first book, The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success, was published by Viking in February 2014.