The Eclipse of the Individual in a Global Era 


March 26, 2020 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street
$12 advance, $15 door.


ON DIVERSITY: The Eclipse of the Individual in a Global Era 

With Steve Wasserman

advance tickets: $12: ::T: 800-838-3006  or Pegasus Books (3 sites), Books Inc (Berkeley), Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, East Bay Books, Mrs.Dalloway’s Books $15 door, benefits KPFA Radio 94.1FM


“Russell Jacoby is one of the most prescient and important writers in the United States. His prose is as lucid and penetrating as his intellect. His moral compass makes his observations prophetic.” — Chris Hedges

Diversity is a word much repeated in the news, in universities, in casual conversations, even at television awards’ shows. But what does the word actually mean? How do we square our seeming love of the word with the fact that our world is actually becoming increasingly less diverse and more homogenous all the time? That conformity in virtually every way is in fact rapidly accelerating? That we are all too often marching to the same potentially fatal drumbeat?

At last, one of America’s greatest intellectual gadflies directly takes on this question with straightforward prose . On Diversity: The Eclipse of the Individual in a Global Era delves into language, fashion, politics and even childhood experience to present a surprising, often

penetrating analysis of our cultural moment. When so many of our public thinkers appear to be tangling with one another in order to be credited with the latest proper opinion, Russell Jacoby offers a fresh, dangerous, liberating injunction: just stop and think.

The author bracingly affirms the importance of the individual distinction that our classic thinkers identified as the ultimate aspiration for an age of increasing conformity in how we raise our children, what we wear, how we talk, even how we hobble our own brains.

On Diversity is first-rate intellectual history and penetrating cultural criticism.”

— George Scialabba, author of What Are Intellectuals Good For?

Steve Wasserman, Publisher & Executive Director of Heyday Books, is former Editor of the Los 

Angeles Times Book Review and was Deputy Editor of the Los Angeles Times‘s Sunday Opinion

Section and Op-Ed Page, after which he became editor-in-chief of New Republic Books.

He also served as Editorial Director of Times Books/Random House and Publisher of Hill &

Wang and The Noonday Press, both divisions of Farrar, Straus & Giroux.


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