William Deresiewicz is an award-winning essayist and critic, a frequent college speaker, and the best-selling author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life. He is also the author of A Jane Austen Education, How Six Novels Taught me About Love, Friendship, and the Things that Really Matter (Penguin Press, 2011). His All Points blog appeared on the American Scholar website from March 2011 to September 2013.
His criticism directed at a popular audience appears in The Nation, The American Scholar, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Harper’s. He taught English at Yale and Columbia before becoming a full-time writer in 2008. His upcoming work will focus on the transformation of the arts and arts careers in the new economy.
He will be speaking at Reimagine Education on the role of the educator in the twenty-first century, drawing together insights from his time at America’s elite universities, material from Excellent Sheep, and observations from his upcoming tome.