Princeton University: Author Michael Lewis named Princeton's Baccalaureate speaker

December 15th, 2011

Princeton University
December 15, 2011
by Eric QuiƱones

Author and journalist Michael Lewis, a 1982 Princeton graduate whose best-selling books include “Moneyball,” “The Blind Side” and “Liar’s Poker,” has been selected as the speaker for the University’s 2012 Baccalaureate ceremony.

Baccalaureate, an end-of-year interfaith service that is one of Princeton’s oldest traditions, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, June 3, in the University Chapel.

Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman selects the Baccalaureate speaker after consultation with senior class leaders. Officers of the Class of 2012 recommended Lewis based on his understanding of life as a Princeton student and his insights into the transformations that have marked many aspects of American society over the past generation.

“Lewis’ writing injects life into people and topics that might otherwise go undiscovered and overlooked,” said Lindy Li, president of the senior class. “We are incredibly excited and honored to share with him one of our final moments as Princeton undergraduates.”

Lewis earned an A.B. in art and archaeology from Princeton, where his studies focused on art history. After earning a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, he went to work for the investment bank Salomon Brothers. That experience spawned his critically acclaimed debut, “Liar’s Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street” (1989), which offers an insider’s view of practices that would have a profound effect on the world economy.

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