How Old Books Help Us Live in an Anxious Time

Wednesday, Sept 16
3:30-4:30pm EDT


Our time is characterized by information overload, hot takes, and a preoccupation with the immediate. What’s more, there seems to be a growing consensus that history needs to be left behind—that the past has nothing to teach us. In this moment, why read old books? What, if anything, can we learn from the voices of the past?

Join Alan Jacobs, Elizabeth Corey, and Paul Gutacker for a conversation in honor of the release of Breaking Bread with the Dead: A Reader’s Guide to a More Tranquil Mind (pre-order here). In this his latest book, Dr. Jacobs suggests that listening to the past offers wisdom we didn’t know we needed—and might even help us live less anxiously. For a sneak preview of the book’s argument, here’s an article by Dr. Jacobs.

Brazos Fellows and Baylor’s Honors College invite you to attend this free webinar. Details and registration here.