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Alumni Book Club to Focus on Work by Becca North '94


Durham Academy alumna Dr. Becca North '94 — an author, researcher and teacher in the field of psychology — will host a DA Alumni Book Club meeting on Dec. 3, with discussion centered on her book, Your Hidden Superpowers: How the Whole Truth of Failure Can Change Our Lives.

The virtual meeting on Dec. 3 will begin at 7:30 p.m. Contact Director of Alumni Philanthropy & Engagement Tim McKenna if you are interested in participating.

North has an interdisciplinary background — with a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Texas, a master’s degree in public affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and an A.B. in history from Princeton University. Her research is in the area of happiness and well-being. A big question in her research is: How can negative experiences foster positive psychological change? She has taught at several colleges and universities, including Southwestern University, the University of Texas and Huston-Tillotson University. 

In Your Hidden Superpowers: How the Whole Truth of Failure Can Change Our Lives, North rewrites the story we tell ourselves about failure. She puts forth a vision of how shifting our view of failure would shift how we lead our lives, yielding profound benefits for us as individuals and as a society by exposing hidden resources within us — innovations, breakthroughs, joy, meaning, and magic yet to be discovered.