Exploration & Discovery presents William Deresiewicz, a prominent writer who will speak about his recent, high-profile book Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life.
This event is free and open to the Lewis & Clark community.
A recent New York Times article on Deresiewicz’s book tour stated:Many colleges assign common reading to their incoming freshmen, in the hopes that a book like “The Kite Runner” or “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” will inspire uplifting campuswide conversation about ethics, values, justice and the good life. And then there is William Deresiewicz’s “Excellent Sheep.” Even before its publication in August, Mr. Deresiewicz’s book — subtitled “The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life” — became unofficial required reading at selective schools and beyond, as students took to social media to debate his depiction of them as careerist zombies trapped “in a bubble of privilege, heading meekly in the same direction, great at what they are doing but no idea why they are doing it.” 1 … Read the full article here on New York Times
Monday, October 13th, 3:30pm
Council Chambers in Templeton
“It might surprise the countless students competing for admission to Harvard, Yale, and Stanford that they could be fighting for a dubious prize. But in this probing indictment, a former Yale professor accuses America’s top universities of turning young people into tunnel-visioned careerists, adept at padding their résumés and filling their bank accounts but unprepared to confront life’s most important questions… . An urgent summons to a long-overdue debate over what universities do and how they do it.”—Booklist
“An unquestionably provocative book that hopefully leads to productive debate.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Deresiewicz’s critique of America’s most celebrated schools as temples of mercenary mediocrity is lucid, sharp-edged, and searching …. He poses vital questions about what college teaches—and why.”—Publishers Weekly1. Schuessler, Jennifer. “The Wolf Sits Down Within the Flock.” The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/20/books/william-deresiewicz-tours-the-colleges-of-excellent-sheep.html (accessed October 13, 2014).