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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 www.buechnerinstitute.org.