“I Don’t Know: In Praise of Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn’t),” the latest publication from Leah Hager Cohen, visiting English professor and W.H. Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters, was listed today as “Book of the Week” by Oprah.com. The book, published this month by Penguin Group, was reviewed on the site by columnist Leigh Newman.
“Cohen looks at psychological studies, school-teaching practices and protocols in police stations to understand the consequences of feigned or imagined expertise, then expands the discussion to those instances when we actually do know what’s happening but can’t articulate or admit it,” wrote Newman. “What keeps us intrigued is her deeper investigation as to why we so mightily fear not knowing.”
Cohen, along with Susan Elizabeth Sweeney, associate professor of English, will be showcasing her work at the first Working Writers series event of the 2013-14 academic year. The event, which is free and open to the public, is being held on Sept. 12 at 7:30 in the Rehm Library and sponsored by the English department’s creative writing program.