Undergraduate Program Lecture Series: Rachel Simmons, "Media and the Culture of Effortless Perfection"

Rachel Simmons
19 Sep 2017 - 5:15pm to 7:00pm
Annenberg School, Room 109
Undergraduate Communication Majors

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In this talk, best-selling author and educator Rachel Simmons will discuss why so many students today feel pressure to ace everything they do — yet still wind up feeling like they’re not good enough at anything. She will review the latest research on media’s role in creating the “stress Olympics” and its potential impact on student well-being. In addition, she will highlight research-based tools that can be leveraged by students to find a better balance in the college experience.

About Rachel Simmons:

Rachel Simmons is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls and The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence. As an educator, Rachel works internationally to empower young women to be more authentic, assertive, and self-aware.

Rachel is a Vassar graduate and Rhodes Scholar from New York. The co-founder and research director of Girls Leadership, she is an experienced curriculum writer and educator. She is a leadership development specialist at the Wurtele Center for Work and Life at Smith College, and is the Girls Research Scholar in Residence at the Hewitt School in New York. She has previously worked as a classroom teacher in Massachusetts and South Africa.

Rachel was the host of the PBS television special, “A Girl’s Life,” and her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Atlantic, Slate, and The New York Times. Rachel serves on the board of the College Women’s Leadership Educators affiliate of the AAUW, and is on the Council of Advisors for the Wellesley Centers for Women. Rachel has appeared on Oprah and is a regular contributor to Good Morning America and Time. Odd Girl Out was adapted into a highly acclaimed Lifetime television movie. Rachel lives in Western Massachusetts with her daughter.

For more information, please visit www.rachelsimmons.com.

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