April 11, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Beahan
Executive Director, CFI Michigan
Center for Inquiry (CFI) Michigan presents:
THE AGE OF AMERICAN UNREASON IN A CULTURE OF LIES
with acclaimed author SUSAN JACOBY
GRAND RAPIDS, MI 4/11/18 – Michigan native, and acclaimed author, Susan Jacoby returns to Grand Rapids to speak on her newly updated and re-released Best Selling Book The Age of American Unreason in a Culture of Lies.
Susan Jacoby, acclaimed best selling author, provides a prescient and now-classic analysis of the forces of anti-intellectualism in contemporary American life–updated for the era of Trump, Twitter, Breitbart and fake news controversies.
A searing cultural history of the last half-century, The Age of American Unreason In A Culture of Lies focuses on the convergence of social forces–usually treated as separate entities–that has created a perfect storm of anti-rationalism. These include the upsurge of religious fundamentalism, with more political power today than ever before; the failure of public education to create an informed citizenry; the triumph of internet over print culture; and America’s toxic addition to infotainment. Combining historical analysis with contemporary observation and sparing neither the right nor the left, Susan Jacoby asserts that Americans today have embraced “junk thought” that makes almost no effort to separate fact from opinion.
At today’s critical political juncture, nothing could be more important than recognizing the crisis described in this impassioned, tough-minded book, which challenges Americans to face the painful truth about what the flights from reason has cost us as individuals and as a nation.
Susan Jacoby speaks tonight, Wednesday, April 11th at 7pm at the Women’s City Club, 254 E. Fulton Street Grand Rapids. Additional Details are available at www.cfimichigan.org. Hosted by Center for Inquiry Michigan this lecture is FREE and open to the public and media are welcome to attend. A $5 suggested donation is encouraged. Books will be available for purchase, and a book signing will follow the lecture.
Center for Inquiry (CFI) Michigan is an Educational 501(c)3 Nonprofit that promotes and defends reason, science and freedom of inquiry in all areas of human endeavor. www.cfimichigan.org.