Susan Farrell is a professor of English at the Collge of Charleston. She specializes in contemporary American fiction and teaches a variety of courses on American literature, contemporary fiction, women’s studies, and academic writing. Her research in the past few years has focused largely on American war literature, and she has recently published books on Kurt Vonnegut and Tim O’Brien. She is a founding member of the international Kurt Vonnegut Society.
Kurt Vonnegut gave dozens of quirky commencement addresses in his lifetime. He made some preposterous claims, made people laugh, and made them think. They were speeches college graduates remembered, says Susan Farrell, an English professor and founding member of the international Kurt Vonnegut Society. Vonnegut’s advice, she says, still matters to graduates today. Click here to read why, and so on.