Tucson Festival of Books

Fredrik deBoer



Kang Eun-Hae

Sponsored by Arizona Focal Prostate Center

Fredrik deBoer is the author of "The Cult of Smart," a book about meritocracy, education and the potential for a more humane society. It was selected by New York Magazine as one of its Ten Best Books of 2020. His new book is "How Elites Ate the Social Justice Movement." He holds a doctorate in English from Purdue University, where he concentrated on assessment of student learning. He lives in Connecticut with his girlfriend and his cat Suavecito.

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Scheduled events:
Elites vs Rebels: Uniting Dems
Both major political parties are trying to cope with pressure to stay true to their history, while many members want a significant change of direction. Panelists consider the Democrats through the lens of President Biden, “The Rebels” in Congress, and the Elites who stand in the way of change.

UA Mall Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Fredrik deBoer, Franklin Foer, Joshua Green
Moderator: Mary Chinwe Okoye
Elusive Progress In Divided Times
Are we gradually making progress as a country or are we slipping dangerously back? Maybe we're somewhere in between. What’s good, bad and what’s holding us back? The Atlantic's McKay Coppins and outspoken blogger Freddie deBoer join Robert P. Jones, a scholar and commentator on religion and politics, to tackle these issues.

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 337)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: McKay Coppins, Fredrik deBoer, Robert Jones
Moderator: Ron Barber
Workshop: Why Bad Writing is Bad
Freddie deBoer describes himself as a "cool but rude" writer and academic. He's also a Substack blogger with more than 50,000 subscribers. In this workshop, he will take apart bad writing sentence by sentence, editing until it becomes good writing. Then you all will collaboratively do the same. This is how we teach almost everything other than writing, so let's learn to write better just the same way that we learned long division, how to cast a fishing rod, or how to play the oboe.

Integrated Learning Center Room 119 (Seats 60)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Fredrik deBoer

Books:
How Elites Ate the Social Justice Movement
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Simon & Schuster
September 2023
ISBN 9781668016015
256 pages
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The Cult of Smart
How Our Broken Education System Perpetuates Social Injustice
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
St. Martin's Publishing Group
August 2020
ISBN 9781250200372
288 pages