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An Interview with Milton Lecturer William Deresiewicz

"Learning to not only discover a self, but to build a self" is key take-away

Sep 28, 2015 — Article by: Amy Manley

William Deresiewicz speaking

William Deresiewicz

William Deresiewicz, an award-winning higher education essayist and critic, delivered this year's Milton First-Year Lecture in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences on Monday, Sept. 21.

His presentation, “The Value of a Liberal Arts Education,” drew heavily from his acclaimed book Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life (Free Press, 2014).

The Milton Lecture is part of the College’s First-Year Experience, and is open to first-year and transfer students, as well as their First-Year Forum leaders.

Funded by the Laura Hanhausen Milton Freshman Lecture Endowment, the lecture is named for the Board of Visitor member who, along with her late husband, Jack, has been a longtime supporter of A&S. (Laura and Jack were from the Class of 1951.) The Milton Lecture is part of a series of programs designed to facilitate students’ transition to college life. 

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