Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania


The Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty

True Grit


Angela Duckworth 

The annual PASEF Spring Lecture will be given this year by Dr. Angela Duckworth, who will recount her research on the importance of "grit" to human achievement. Come and hear this interesting work and stay for the reception to chat and mingle with the speaker and colleagues over wine and hors d'oeuvres.

Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and one of 24 recipients of the 2013 MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, sometimes referred to as the Foundation's unrestricted "Genius Grants." Angela received a B.A. in Neurobiology from Harvard in 1992 and, as a Marshall Scholar, a Masters in Neuroscience from Oxford. She completed her PhD in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Duckworth studies non-IQ competencies, including self-control and grit, which predict achievement. Prior to her career in research, Angela founded a non-profit summer school for low-income children which won the Better Government Award for the state of Massachusetts and was profiled as a Harvard Kennedy School case study. Angela has also been a McKinsey management consultant and, for five years, a math teacher in the public schools of San Francisco, Philadelphia, and New York City.

Time: 3:30 PM. Location: Berger Auditorium, Skirkanich Hall, 210 South 33rd Street. The Berger Auditorium is on the lower level of Skirkanish Hall; an elevator is available for those who need assistance. There is also a wheelchair accessible entrance on the side of Skirkanich Hall.