Okay, well, we kind of did. Earlier today, thirty-ish students packed into the third floor of the SciLi to eat pizza and have controversial conversation — a Brunionian’s favorite pastime — with William (Bill) Deresiewicz. That name sound familiar to you? Maybe you saw it when his essay, “Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League: The nation’s top colleges are turning our kids into zombies”, went viral at the end of last June. The article, arguing that elite education has become a disingenuous, impersonal, and streamlined process, placed a brutal attack on our Facebook Newsfeeds. When it wasn’t posted on your Timeline, it was emailed to you from Mom and Dad, from Bubbe, or even from a family friend who was sure to ask the standard, “What are your thoughts on this? Would love to hear!!!” Suddenly, the world questioned: Do you, as a Brown University student, feel like a zombie? Are you wasting your money? Your time? Your life? If the quarter-life crisis hadn’t kicked in yet, then “Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League“ and both the offense and defense arguments that followed were sure to be triggers.
We wanted to hear what Bill Deresiewicz had to say in the flesh, and pizza always is an added incentive. In case you missed the dialogue earlier, Deresiewicz will be speaking tonight at 6p.m. in the McCormack Family Theater located inside of the English Department building (70 Brown Street).
Whether you’re skeptical of Deresiewicz’s rhetoric or open to his ideas about a reformed concept of academia, here are a few things we think you should know based on our conversation, despite the fact that it was confined within the bleak, cold, and desolate SciLi walls: