How Old Books Help Us Live in an Anxious Time
September 16, 2020
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?
Watch a conversation on these questions with Alan Jacobs, Elizabeth Corey, and Paul Gutacker in honor of the recent release of Breaking Bread with the Dead: A Reader’s Guide to a More Tranquil Mind (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. Here’s a sneak preview of the book's argument by Dr. Jacobs.
Sponsored by Brazos Fellows, Baylor’s Honors College, and Baylor in Washington.
Dr. Alan Jacobs is Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University, and a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Elizabeth Corey is Honors Program Director and Associate Professor of Political Science at Baylor University, and serves on the Brazos Fellows advisory board.
Dr. Paul Gutacker is Director of Brazos Fellows and teaches as Adjunct of History at Baylor University.