In support of his new book, "In Defense of Reading: Teaching Literature in the Twenty-First Century," Professor Daniel Schwarz led a discussion of the future of literary studies. A professor at Cornell for four decades, Schwarz is eminently qualified to consider and critique the 'fate of the humanities' question that is of such great concern on campus and beyond.

Schwarz is the Frederic J. Whiton Professor of English and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow. He spoke Dec. 12, 2008 at the Cornell Bookstore.