Olin Lecture 2017 Events Schedule

Save the dates for book discussions, workshops, and a special lecture with

Dr. Sian Beilock, author of



Book Club Lunch Discussions

Beilock's book Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal about Getting it Right When You Have To offers insight into why people "choke" under pressure. Learn strategies for succeeding brilliantly when it matters most, understand why the highest performing people are most susceptible to choking, become aware of why some performance prep strategies can backfire, decide when and how to pay less attention so you increase your learning, and manage the emotions that make you both smarter and dumber. Join us as we discuss these topics and more over lunch. Email Jan Allen to RSVP.

  • Monday, September 18, 12:00-1:00pm, 341 Caldwell Hall
  • Monday, September 18, 5:00-6:00pm, 341 Caldwell Hall
  • Wednesday, September 20, 12:00-1:00pm, 341 Caldwell Hall


Workshops with Graduate School Alumni 

Meet and learn from alums working in publishing, writing, and social media

Publishing with a University Press

  • Wednesday, October 18, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, 173 Warren Hall
  • Join us to learn about writing and publishing your research with a University Press. Dean John Smith, Director, Cornell University Press, and James Lance, acquisitions and development editor for anthropology, geography, global urban studies, and religious studies, will share advice about preparing your dissertation for publication.
  • Register here if you want lunch.

What Academic and Other Writers Need To Know About Writing, Publishing, and Working with Editors (and Agents)

  • Thursday, October 19, 4:30pm – 5:30pm, Lewis Auditorium
  • Betsy Lerner, New York City-based author, agent, and former editor will offer advice (and encouraging stories) for writing, publishing, and securing and working with agents and editors. The Graduate School will provide copies of her book, The Forest for the Trees, which offers practical advice, insider observations, and trade secrets about writing and publishing.
  • Register

What’s in a Title?

  • Friday, October 20, 11:00am – 12:00pm, 401 Warren
  • Betsy Lerner will discuss and critique titles, including their importance for marketing your work. If you wish, bring your own proposed titles for manuscripts, essays ,or books (or email to Jan Allen in advance). Brunch and book, The Forest for the Trees, provided.
  • Limited space so registration required.

The First Line Test (and first paragraph and first page)

  • Friday, October 20, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, 401 Warren
  • Ever get stuck on writing the first line, first paragraph, or first page of a manuscript (because you know how critical they are to readers and editors)? Join us to learn successful strategies about writing these important “firsts.” Bring your own first lines and get a critique of your own work (or email to Jan Allen in advance). Lunch and book, The Forest for the Trees provided.
  • Limited space so registration required.


Lecture: “How to Perform Best Under Pressure” by Dr. Sian Beilock – October 26, 2017

7:00 pm in Klarman Auditorium, free tickets available September 1 in 350 Caldwell Hall

For more information, contact Jan Allen, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.