With his #1 best selling book, Excellent Sheep, award-winning essayist and critic Bill Deresiewicz set his sights, “on the high-pressure conveyor belt that begins with parents and counselors who demand perfect grades and continues into college.” Join BtS Radio as we talk with the former Yale professor about, “how college should be a time for self-discovery, when young people can establish their own values and measures of success in order to forge their own path,” instead of a factory where students are “losing the ability to think for themselves.”
Award-winning essayist and critic William Deresiewicz was a Professor at Yale University from 1998-2008. His essay, “The Disadvantages of an Elite Education” has been viewed over one million times online while his address to West Point entitled, “Solitude and Leadership,” is taught across the military and corporate worlds. Bill is a Contributing Writer for The Nation and a Contributing Editor for The New Republic and The American Scholar. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and elsewhere. His media appearances include NPR and Fox Business News. The winner of the Hiett Prize in the Humanities and, the Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, Bill has received three National Magazine Award nominations. His work has been translated into fifteen languages and anthologized in over twenty college readers. In the spring of 2015, Bill will serve as the Mary Routt Chair of Writing at Scripps College in Claremont CA. Bill’s previous book is A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter.