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King University News :: Author of "The Dumbest Generation" to Speak at King College and Bristol Public Library

Mark Bauerlein, author of the best-selling book, The Dumbest Generation, will speak at King College and the Bristol Public Library on Monday, March 28, as part of the ongoing Buechner Lecture Series presented by the Buechner Institute at King College.

Bauerlein earned his doctorate in English from UCLA in 1988. Having served as a professor of English at Emory University since 1989, he took a two and half-year break to serve as Director of Research and Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he oversaw studies about culture and American life.

Apart from his scholarly work, Bauerlein publishes in popular periodicals such as The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The Washington Post, TLS, and Chronicle of Higher Education. His latest book, The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future; Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under, was published in 2008. Other recent books include Civil Rights Chronicle: The African American Struggle for Freedom, Negrophobia: A Race Riot in Atlanta, 1906, and Handbook of Literary Terms: Literature, Language, and Theory. His recent article, Diminishing Returns in Humanities Research, takes on some of the established practices in the humanities departments of many colleges and universities.

Mark Bauerlein is one of those voices we have come to respect as a spokesperson for thoughtful approaches to widely heralded changes, reforms, and fixes in higher education, said Dale Brown, director of the Buechner Institute at King College. He is a serious and engaging analyst of contemporary culture.

Mark Bauerlein will present Research by Google and Other Problems at 10:30 a.m. in Memorial Chapel at King College, and The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future at 7 p.m. at the Bristol Public Library. Both events are open to the public and free to attend. For more information, contact Dale Brown at 423.652.4156 or visit