Following the success of last year's Reading Group, the Center for Teaching Excellence invites you to join us this spring as we read William Deresiewicz's provocative Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life. As one of the most controversial books on higher education of the last decade, Deresiewicz's book has already captured the attention of many faculty and students on campus. And after receiving numerous requests to make this our selection this year, we decided we would take it on in the sprit of critical inquiry that is the hallmark of the liberal tradition Deresiewicz wants us to champion. 

Discussions will take place from 12:00-1:00PM in Brockman 101 on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester (February 16th and 25th, as well as March 8th, 17th, 22nd, and 31st). All faculty, staff, and graduate students are welcome.


As a Yale professor, Bill Deresiewicz saw something deeply troubling. His students were adrift when it came to the big questions: how to think critically and creatively, and how to find a sense of purpose ... Excellent Sheep takes a sharp look at the high-pressure conveyor belt that begins with parents and counselors who demand perfect grades and continues into college ... He addresses parents, students, educators, and anyone who's interested in the direction of American society, featuring quotes from real students and graduates he has corresponded with over the years.

"Anyone who cares about American higher education should ponder this book."
-New York Times Book Review

"Deresiewicz has thrown a rhetorical Molotov cocktail at the Ivy League."
-The New Republic