Spring 2014 Speaker Series

Mark your calendar for the Spring 2014 Cobleskill Speaker Series. Three eminent speakers—Mark Bauerlein, Peter Sacks, and Diana Senescahl—will be coming to campus to discuss this year’s theme, “today’s” student. Join the conversation about how technology, the Internet, and popular culture are transforming today’s students and having an impact on higher education as a whole.  Each presentation takes place in Bouck Auditorium from noon to 1:00 p.m. 


Mark Bauerlein26 February –  “The Dumbest Generation”: Mark Bauerlein is Professor of English at Emory University, where he has taught since earning his doctorate at UCLA in 1989.  He is the author of several books, including scholarly studies of Walt Whitman’s poetry, the philosophy of American pragmatism, the practice of literary criticism, and the 1906 Atlanta race riot, as well as popular books on digital culture and American youth.  His scholarly essays have appeared in PMLA, Yale Review, Partisan Review, Wilson Quarterly, and Philosophy and Literature, and his commentaries and reviews have appeared in Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, London Times, The Guardian, the Weekly Standard, Commentary, The New Criterion, First Things, TLS, and many other national periodicals.  He has given more than 350 radio and television interviews, including appearances on CBS News with Katie Couric, Fox and Friends, CNN, BBC World Today, All Things Considered, PBS Frontline, and C-SPAN.

Peter Sacks26 March – “The Millennial Moment”: Peter Sacks is an author, essayist and social critic. He is the author of Generation X Goes to College: An Eye-Opening Account of Teaching in Postmodern America. His most recent book, Tearing Down the Gates: Confronting the Class Divide in American Education, was awarded the Frederic W. Ness Book Award by the Association for American Colleges and Universities.  A former economist, Sacks worked as an investigative business and economics reporter at newspapers across the country prior to teaching college journalism and non-fiction writing. He now resides in Boise, Idaho

Diana_Senechal_16 April – “Our Republic of Noise”: Diana Senechal teaches philosophy at Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science & Engineering in New York City. She is the 2011 recipient of the Hiett Prize in the Humanities, awarded by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and the author of Republic of Noise: The Loss of Solitude in Schools and Culture. Her translations of the Lithuanian poetry of Tomas Venclova have been published in two books, Winter Dialogue and The Junction, as well as numerous literary journals. Her education writing has appeared in Education Week, American Educator, The New Republic, Forum (ALSCW), Educational Leadership, American Educational History Journal, The Core Knowledge Blog, Joanne Jacobs, GothamSchools, and the Washington Post’s blog The Answer Sheet. She lives in Brooklyn.

A limited number of Mark Bauerlein’s book, The Dumbest Generation, is available for free; contact Jeff Anderson to get yours. Copies are also on reserve in the library.

This series is being sponsored by the School of Business and Liberal Arts & Sciences, Student Life, and the Office of the Provost.