The Enigma of Academic Success

When: Friday, November 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Huntsman Hall Auditorium (G-06) at the University of Pennsylvania

The Enigma of Academic Success: An Organizational Psychologist and Christian Mathematician discuss surviving, thriving, and rediscovering the meaning of learning. An honest encounter of two viewpoints, featuring Francis Su, the Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, and Stewart Friedman, Practice Professor of Management at the Wharton School of Business and Director of the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project. This event is cosponsored with the Veritas Forum.


Dr. Francis Su is the Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is currently President of the Mathematical Association of America. His research is in geometric combinatorics and applications to the social sciences, and he has co-authored numerous papers with undergraduates. He also has a passion for teaching and popularizing mathematics. From the Mathematical Association of America, he received the 2001 Hasse Prize for expository writing, and the 2004 Alder Award and the 2013 Haimo Award for distinguished teaching. He authors the popular Math Fun Facts website and iPhone app. His hobbies include songwriting, gardening, photography, and theology. Just like mathematics, these are modes of creative expression that divinely blend structure and freedom, truth and beauty, reflection and action.

Dr. Stewart Friedman has been on the Wharton faculty since 1984.  He became the Management Department’s first Practice Professor for his work on applying theory and research to the real challenges facing organizations. As founding director of the Wharton Leadership Program, in 1991 he initiated the required MBA and Undergraduate leadership courses.  He is also founding director of Wharton’s Work/Life Integration Project.  Stew worked for five years in the mental health field before earning his PhD in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan.  He has published on work/life, leadership, and the dynamics of change, including the widely-cited Harvard Business Review articles, “Work and life: the end of the zero-sum game” (1998); “Be a better leader, have a richer life” (2008); and “Work+Home+Community+Self (2014); and “The Happy Workaholic: a role model for employees” (in Academy of Management Executive, 2003).  Stew’s most recent book is Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life (Harvard Business, 2014), a Wall Street Journal best-seller.