April 24, 2014
Presented by Bill Deresiewicz, a former English professor at Yale University and a contributing editor for The Nation, The New Republic and The American Scholar.
Are college students today all just “excellent sheep,” lacking in moral imagination and innovative thinking? Is American life consumed by a transactional attitude that denies young people the skills of creativity, critical thinking, and purposeful living? Bill Deresiewicz, a former English professor at Yale University and a contributing editor for The Nation, The New Republic and The American Scholar, thinks so. In August of this year, he’ll publish Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite (Simon & Schuster), a book that Fareed Zakaria has called “a searing critique of the way we are educating our young” and Chris Hedges has labeled “not so much a call for reform as for revolt.” In his first public remarks on the book, Deresiewicz will talk about the way forward in education, the workforce, and American democracy. This event was planned and sponsored by the Student Senate Public Affairs Committee.