I’ve hinted at this before, but I’m really starting to think there is some kind of Reverse Curse associated with our Stowe speakers. Review, if you will, the following FACTS:
FACT- David Simon, who delivered the 2010 Harriet Beecher Stowe Lecture, went on to win a MacArthur Fellowship (aka Genius Grant) later that year, and just the other day the Writers Guild of America named his show “The Wire” one of the Best Written TV Shows of All Time.
FACT- The new book by 2009 HBS lecturer George Packer is getting rave reviews, which is a polite way of saying that reviewers are basically foaming at the mouth over how good this book is. It’s almost embarrassing.
FACT- The United States’ newest Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, was our 2007 Stowe Lecturer (see photographic evidence above).
Freaky, right? Now, I know some skeptics will point out that if you get a series of brilliant people (and one cranky WSJ editorial writer who is prone to saying insane things) to deliver an annual lecture, many of them are bound to go on to do amazing, interesting things. To those skeptics I say this: inventing something like a Reverse Curse is much, much more fun than going around using logic all the time.
Next week, Dr. Robert Bullard will give the 2013 Harriet Beecher Stowe “Writing to Change the World” Lecture. Buy your ticket now, and in a few years you’ll be able to brag to your friends about how you saw him before he became a household name.
-Norm De Plume