William Deresiewicz

March 4, 2016, 3:30 – 4:45 pm, Big Think Plenary 2: The Death of the Artist – and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur

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 taught English at Yale for ten years and at Columbia for five.

Bill is a Contributing Writer for The Nation and a Contributing Editor for The American Scholar. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Harper’sThe New Republic, The London Review of Books, and elsewhere. His essay “The Disadvantages of an Elite Education” has been viewed over one million times. “Solitude and Leadership,” an address at West Point, has been taught across the military and corporate worlds. He has written a number of pieces about the new creative economy, most notably “The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur.”

Bill has won the Hiett Prize in the Humanities and the Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing and is a three-time National Magazine Award nominee. His work has been translated into 15 languages and anthologized in more than 25 college readers. He has spoken at over 40 colleges, high schools, and educational groups and has held visiting positions at Scripps and Claremont McKenna Colleges. In the fall of 2016, he will serve as an NEH-Hannah Arendt Center Visiting Distinguished Lecturer at Bard.