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The Dumbest Generation: Young Americans in the Digital Age

Lecture Center for Global Humanities Lecture/Seminar Series

Mark Bauerlein

Mark Bauerlein

As the tidal wave of social media engulfs teens and 20-year-olds, the moral and intellectual formation necessary to mature adulthood is increasingly jeopardized. We are living in an age in which debate and conversation are deteriorating into cheap jibes and rancor and cliches, just what we find in the comment rolls on YouTube videos. The instruction to be gained from great books and art is losing out to the mores of gossip and ridicule and youth culture conformity. Professor Bauerlein will outline these trends and propose ways of surviving them.


Mark Bauerlein is senior editor at First Things and Professor of English at Emory University, where he has taught since earning his Ph.D. in English at UCLA in 1989. He served as director of the Office of Research and Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003-05. He is the author of several books, including The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (2008), Negrophobia: A Race Riot in Atlanta (2001), and Literary Criticism: An Autopsy (1998), and he has published numerous reviews and commentaries in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Weekly Standard, The Guardian, Chronicle of Higher Education, and 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.


WCHP Lecture Hall in Parker Pavilion
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103

Assigned Reading

Mark Bauerlein, The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30) (TarcherPerigee, 2009)


5 p.m. at the UNE Art Gallery (Portland Campus)


Mark Bauerlein Event Poster
6:00 PM
WCHP Lecture Hall in Parker Pavilion

Portland Campus

Free and open to the public