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Speaker Series: William Deresiewicz


Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m.

Building on his insightful and inspirational best seller, Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, Deresiewicz talks about the true purpose of college. What are the liberal arts, and what are they supposed to do for you? What gets lost when college is understood in exclusively practical terms? What are the forces that are acting on students and institutions today, and how can they best be resisted?

About the Speaker

William Deresiewicz is an award-winning essayist and critic, a frequent college speaker, and the best-selling author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life. Deresiewicz was a professor of English at Yale University for ten years and a graduate instructor at Columbia University for five years. His essay “The Disadvantages of an Elite Education” has been viewed over one million times online. “Solitude and Leadership,” an address at West Point, has been taught across the military and corporate worlds. Deresiewicz is a Contributing Writer for The Nation and a Contributing Editor for The American Scholar, for which he wrote the All Points blog on culture and society from 2011-2013. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Harper’s, The New Republic, Slate, Bookforum, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New Yorker online, and The London Review of Books. His previous book is A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter (2011).

He received his Ph.D. from Columbia, where he had also gone to college and earned three master’s degrees, including one in journalism.