UNE Center for Global Humanities presents “The Dumbest Generation: Young Americans in the Digital Age”

Mark Bauerlein (right) is interviewed by Rob Caldwell of WCSH for the "207" program, which aired November 7.
Mark Bauerlein (right) is interviewed by Rob Caldwell of WCSH for the "207" program, which aired November 7

November 09, 2017

Mark Bauerlein
Mark Bauerlein

In an age when public debate often consists of cheap jibes and rancorous exchanges on social media, today’s teens and twenty year olds are missing out on the moral and intellectual instruction to be gained from great books and works of art. As a consequence, the generation coming of age today might rightly be called America’s “dumbest generation.”

So says scholar Mark Bauerlein, who visited the University of New England Center for Global Humanities to present a lecture titled “The Dumbest Generation: Young Americans in the Digital Age.” The lecture was held on Monday, November 6 at 6:00 p.m. at the WCHP Lecture Hall in Parker Pavilion on the UNE Portland Campus.

Drawing from his critically-acclaimed book The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future, Bauerlein discussed the forces conspiring to create this challenging learning environment for our young people, and propose ways that we may work together to overcome them.

A professor of English at Emory University, Bauerlein is the author of several books, while his articles, reviews, and commentaries have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Weekly Standard, The Guardian, Chronicle of Higher Education, and many other national periodicals. He has appeared on CNN, CBS News, "Fox and Friends," BBC World News, "All Things Considered," C-SPAN and other national media outlets. In addition, he serves as a senior editor of First Things magazine. 

This is the third lecture of the 2016-2017 series at the Center for Global Humanities. In total, nine scholars will visit this year, presenting lectures that are free, open to the public, and streamed live online.

Watch an interview with Mark Bauerlein on WCSH's "207" program.

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To learn more about the Center for Global Humanities, visit www.une.edu/cgh


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