2/25/15 Lecture: Terry Johnson

"Lies, Damned Lies, and Academic Narratives"

Terry Johnson

Dept. of Bioengineering (U.C. Berkeley)

February 25th, 2015

Academic communication is not unique in its reliance on narrative to convey information and gather interest. Unfortunately, the narratives that we routinely construct can encourage unrealistic expectations in participants new to our disciplines. We'll discuss the typical narratives academics engage in, compare how they are interpreted differently by different audiences, and consider the best (and healthiest) ways to construe them.

Related article: "Younger Workers Need a Career Narrative," Harvard Business Review (2013)