Failing Boldly

Conversation with Ph.D. student & “Rejection-skirt” designer Caitlyn Kirby

May 14, 2020

My guest this week is Caitlin Kirby. Caitlyn will start soon as a science literacy researcher at the University of Nebraska, but the reason she was brought to my attention is because, of all things, something she wore. When Caitlyn defended her Ph.D. dissertation, she wore a skirt made out of rejection letters and emails that she had received during her graduate studies. Of course, I had to ask her about how rejection and failure played into this decision.

You can follow Caitlyn on Twitter @kirbycai.

You can see the skirt from this article in the Lansing State Journal.