Best-selling Author Susan Jacoby to Lecture at Williams College

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., October 3, 2018—Susan Jacoby, independent scholar, speaker, and author, will lecture at Williams College about “Living Reason: A Citizen’s Duty in America’s New Age of Unreason.” This event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. This event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow.

In her 2018 book, The Age of American Unreason, Jacoby presents a cultural history of the United States from the last 40 years that reveals how a convergence of social forces has created “a perfect storm of anti-rationalism.” A New York Times bestseller, Jacoby’s book was hailed by Richard Dawkins for the inclusive approach of the work, saying, “(Jacoby) reaches out to welcome all who would share in her elevated vision of the way our culture could be—and is not.” Originally published in 2008, a paperback version of this book will be released in January 2019 under the title The Age of American Unreason in a Culture of Lies.

Beginning with a position writing as a reporter for The Washington Post, Jacoby has contributed to The Washington Post, The New York Times, The American Prospect, The Guardian, Dissent, and The Los Angeles Times Book Review. Jacoby’s book, Wild Justice: The Evolution of Revenge, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Jacoby is best known for her books Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism and The Age of American Reason. She also wrote the 2018 book, Why Baseball Matters.

A member of the Center for Inquiry and Freedom from Religion Foundation, Susan Jacoby has received numerous grants and awards from the National Endowment of the Humanities, and the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Ford Foundations. Jacoby is a graduate of Michigan State University.

This event is sponsored by the Gaudino Fund and Phi Beta Kappa.


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