Author of ‘The Power of Meaning’ to speak on campus

Emily Esfahani Smith

Reporter Emily Esfahani Smith, author of “The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters,” will discuss themes from her book at 4:15 p.m. today. Her visit is sponsored by the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale.

Smith will take part in a conversation with Amy Wrzesniewski, the Michael H. Jordan Professor at Yale School of Management, who studies how people can make meaning of their work in difficult contexts. The event will be held in Evans Hall, 165 Whitney Ave. and is co-sponsored by the Connecticut Mental Health Center and the Yale School of Management. The event is free and open to the public.

Smith’s “The Power of Meaning” has been published in 16 different languages. In 2017, she gave a TED talk based on her book. It has been viewed more than 6 million times.

Smith is a reporter for the Aspen Institute’s Weave Project. The initiative was founded by David Brooks to address issues of isolation, alienation, and division. Her work for Weave Project involves telling the stories of those who “are working to rebuild the social fabric.”

Previously, she was the managing editor for The New Criterion. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Atlantic, among others. Her article about Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joe Rago was shortlisted for a Folio magazine award in 2008.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus distinguished reporters, editors and others who have made important contributions to the media. Among recent Poynter fellows are Ethan Kuperberg, Jose Antonio Vargas, and Lois Connor.

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