Lost in Meritocracy Book Talk Feb. 23

In this hilarious memoir, Kirn recounts the ways that the American educational rat race betrayed him. He ends up miserable at Princeton, bullied by rich roommates and ashamed of his Minnesota upbringing. He majors in English because it sounds like something her already knows and applies for a Rhodes scholarship while on speed… Kirn throws spit wads at his Ivy League education, but with six works of fiction to his name as well as regular bylines in prestigious publications, perhaps he was well served by the meritocracy after all. (From The Washington Post, 2009.) Join us for conversation about Kirn’s book and how it provides an intriguing frame to look at higher education Tuesday, Feb. 23 from noon to 1 p.m. in CMU 227. Presenters: Peg Potter, Psychology and Steve Bolduc, Economics. Students always welcome.

Faculty Development Book Talk, Closing Time, Feb. 18

The discussion of Closing Time, a Faculty Development Book Talk, will be Thursday, Feb. 18 at 12:30 p.m. in CMU 207. Presenters include Theresa Hest, Communication Studies; Jason Anderson, Communication Studies; Jennifer Tuttle, Theater Arts; and Belle Nelson, LLL. Everyone is invited; students are welcome. Click headline to read more about ‘Closing Time.’

Faculty Development book talk Jan. 21

Looking for an interesting book? Check out Thomas Friedman’s Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why we need a green revolution and how it can renew America and then join us for discussion at noon Thursday, Jan. 21 in CMU 227. Denny Jacobs and Tim Decker, Corrick Center, and Brian Smith, School for Teaching and Learning, will lead the discussion about Friedman’s provocative look at American society. Click headline for more information.

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why we need a green revolution and how it can renew America

Looking for an interesting book to read over break? Try Thomas Friedman’s Hot, Flat and Crowded. In his book, Friedman asserts that artificially triggered climate change is a deadly threat to society. Rising global population, accompanied by rising rates of resource and energy consumption as the developing world grows affluent, may overwhelm both the Earth and the marketplace. Only fundamental change in energy production and use—”a whole new system for powering our economy”—can stave off disaster. Yet there’s an upside. Hot, Flat, and Crowded contends: Radical change in energy use represents an opportunity for the United States to preserve its global economic leadership, by beating the world to clean-energy ideas that will sell. Click headline to read more.