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Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times

Nancy Koehn

An enthralling historical narrative filled with critical leadership insights that will be of interest to a wide range of readers—including those in government, business, education, and the arts—Forged in Crisis, by celebrated Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn, spotlights five masters of crisis: polar explorer Ernest Shackleton; President Abraham Lincoln; legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass; Nazi-resisting clergyman Dietrich Bonhoeffer; and environmental crusader Rachel Carson.

What do such disparate figures have in common? Why do their extraordinary stories continue to amaze and inspire? In delivering the answers to those questions, Nancy Koehn offers a remarkable template by which to judge those in our own time to whom the public has given its trust.

Nancy Koehn is an historian at the Harvard Business School where she is the James E. Robison professor of Business Administration. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University, Koehn earned a Master of Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government before taking her MA and PhD in History from Harvard. She writes frequently for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Harvard Business Review Online. She is also a weekly commentator on National Public Radio.

Her forthcoming book, Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times, is an enthralling historical narrative filled with critical leadership insights that will be of interest to a wide range of readers—including those in government, business, education, and the arts.

Study the writings of these courageous leaders to see how they explore activism, ethics, and philosophy. Make an appointment in the Vershbow Rare Books Reading Room to see Rachel Carsons’ The Sea Around Us (1980), Frederick Douglass’ signed Men of Color, to Arms!: A Call (1863), The Opinions of Abraham Lincoln upon Slavery and Its Issues (1863), or Ernest Schackleton’s The Heart of the Antarctic (1909).

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