William Deresiewicz is an American author, essayist, and literary critic. His writings span such topics as books, higher education, culture, and politics. His article “The Disadvantages of an Elite Education,” along with his speech “Solitude and Leadership,” have gone viral on the internet. In 2014, he published Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, a book-length expansion of his argument in “The Disadvantages of an Elite Education.” In 2011, Deresiewicz published A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught me About Love, Friendship, and the Things that Really Matter. His All Points blog appeared on the American Scholar website from March 2011 to September 2013. In it, he divulges that his life was changed and he became a better person after reading Jane Austen for the first time at age 26.
In 1998, Deresiewicz joined the faculty of Yale University. He taught courses in modern British fiction, Great Books, Indian fiction, and writing, among other areas. He left academia in 2008 to become a full-time writer. Deresiewicz has written numerous essays and contributed to multiple podcasts, appearing on the Colbert Report in 2014. This event is sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa and the Gaudino Fund. Book signing to follow.