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Words, Words, Words



  • McCoy Center for Ethics in Society, Stanford University, April 16, 2014

"Are Stanford Students Just Excellent Sheep (revisited)"

  • Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, April 17, 2014

"What is College For?: A Defense of the Liberal Arts"

  • Dickinson College, April 24, 2014

"What is College For?: A Defense of the Liberal Arts"

  • Jane Austen Book Club of Seattle, June 22, 2014
  • Excellent Sheep Book Tour, Fall 2014

Likely venues include Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Columbia, Brown, Reed, Lewis & Clark, William & Mary, the Claremont colleges, the University of Mississippi, and the CUNY Graduate Center. Others under discussion.

  • Scripps College, Spring 2015

Routt Chair events, including two public lectures, dates and topics TBA




  • Visiting Artist Lecture, Oregon College of Art and Craft/Pacific Northwest College of Art joint MFA program in Applied Craft and Design, January 22, 2014

Creative entrepreneurship as political practice



  • Hiett Prize Lecture, Dallas Institute for the Humanities and Culture, November 21, 2013

"The Value of the Humanities"

  • Athanaeum Lecture, Claremont McKenna College, November 6, 2013

"What is College For?: A Defense of the Liberal Arts"

  • Koehn Colloquium panel, University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts, October 23, 2013

"The Edge of Educational Technology"

  • Pomona College, April 4, 2013

"The Resistant Mind"

  • Association Dinner Series #1, Portland OR, March 17, 2013

Food as culture

Acceptance speech for the Balakian Citation. I'm introduced from about 11:00-12:30 and speak until about 19:00.



  • Horace Mann High School, October 10, 2012

“The Bureaucratized Student and the Liberal Arts”

  • Yale-NUS, October 9, 2012
  • The Y Syndicate, October 8, 2012
  • Jane Austen Society of North America, Brooklyn NY, October 6, 2012

“Becoming a Hero: Being a Man in Austen’s World”

  • Nation Magazine Internship Program, New York NY, October 5, 2012
  • Business Ethics Society, University of Virginia, October 2, 2012

"The Resistant Mind in Business and Public Life” 

"Generation Sell"

  • A Jane Austen Education Book Tour, Part 2 (the paperback)

April 25, 2012: Oregon Library Association Annual Convention, Bend OR

June 10: Printers Row Lit Fest, Chicago IL

June 11: Highland Park Public Library, Highland Park IL

June 12: Left Bank Books, St. Louis MO

September 1-2: Decatur Book Festival, Decatur GA

October 3: College of William and Mary, Williamsburgh VA

October 30: Claremont McKenna College, Claremont CA

  • Rainbow Bookstore Coop, Madison WI, April 20, 2012

"The Crisis in Higher Education"

  • Convocation Series Lecture, Lawrence University, April 19, 2012

"Through the Vale of Soul-Making: the Journey of the Liberal Arts"

  • Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, Central Connecticut State University, February 10, 2012

"Teaching and Learning in the Age of Distraction"

  • Keeton House, Cornell University, February 9, 2012

"Generation Sell"



  • Fall Convocation Address, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, University of Mississippi, September 12, 2011

"The Resistant Mind" 

  • Jane Austen Education Book Tour

            April 20: Lewis & Clark College, Portland OR

         May 4: Powell’s City of Books, Portland OR

         May 9: Vroman’s Books, Pasadena CA

         May 10: Kepler’s Books, Menlo Park CA

         May 11: Book Passage, Corte Madera CA

         May 11: Books Inc, Berkeley CA

         May 12: Elliott Bay Books, Seattle WA

         May 16: Barnes & Noble Upper East Side, New York NY

         May 18: Yale Bookstore, New Haven CT

         September 13: Garden District Book Shop, New Orleans LA

         September 14: Jane Austen Society of Louisiana, New Orleans LA

         September 27: Canby Public Library, Canby OR

  • McCoy Center for Ethics in Society, Stanford University, April 12, 2011

"Stanford Students, a.k.a. (really excellent) Sheep" (with Prof. Rob Reich)



  • Keynote Speaker, The Association of Boarding Schools Annual Conference, December 3, 2010

“Excellent Sheep”

  • Pomona College Student Union, September 15, 2010

“The End of Old School”

  • Banquet Speaker, National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church Annual Meeting, July 27, 2010

“Leadership and Learnership”

  • Stanford University, IHUM 34B, May 5, 2010

“What Are You Going To Do With That?”



  • United States Military Academy, EN101 and EN102, October 28-29, 2009

“Solitude and Leadership”

“Friendship: Where Have We Been, Where Are We Going, and Why Does It Matter?”

  • Keeton House, Cornell University, October 3, 2008

“The Disadvantages of an Elite Education”

  • Harvard University Humanities Center, October 2, 2008

“The Disadvantages of an Elite Education” (panel discussion with students)

  • St. Anthony’s Hall, Yale University, September 27, 2007

“The Disadvantages of a Yale Education”