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Meet a Game Changer: Paul Woodruff

On March 28 at the Game Changers live taping, the Undergraduate Studies dean discusses the “Ajax dilemma” and issues of fairness in American society.

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In his book “The Ajax Dilemma,” Paul Woodruff uses a parable from classical Greece to shed light on a very contemporary business dilemma: how to reward outstanding players without damaging the team. Tapping into his experience as a boss, a professor, an officer and an employee, Woodruff uses his broad perspective to issue an intriguing call for a compassionate approach to fairness.

This Wednesday, March 28 at 1 p.m. as part of the university’s Game Changers series, Paul Woodruff will be part of a special double header edition of Game Changers with Jeremi Suri speaking at 6:30 p.m.

Game Changers brings The University of Texas at Austin’s intellectual talent beyond the classroom with a live 60-minute show that will also be broadcast on the Longhorn Network.

The talk is in Studio 6A at the KLRU studios in the Jesse H. Jones Communications Center B on The University of Texas at Austin campus.

Sign up to attend one taping or both.

Download Woodruff’s takeaways for “Are you Ajax or Odysseus?” (PDF).

About Paul Woodruff

Paul Woodruff is the inaugural dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies and the Darrell K. Royal Professor in Ethics and American Society. He joined the university faculty in 1973 and has been chair of the Department of Philosophy and director of the Plan II Honors Program. He also served on the Task Force on Curricular Reform.

Specializing in ancient Greek philosophy, Woodruff has written a number of definitive translations of works by Plato, Sophocles and others. In addition, he has authored books that interpret classical philosophy for political, business or personal situations in contemporary lives. He won the 1986 Harry Ransom Teaching Award and was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers in 1997. He holds degrees from Princeton and Oxford.

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