Bruni Lecture On College Admissions


On Tuesday, April 12, 7:30 p.m., New York Times columnist Frank Bruni will come to Temple Sinai of Roslyn to give a talk on his book, Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be.

In the next few weeks, high school students from around the country will begin getting letters from colleges to which they’ve applied. Many will be rejections. Bruni has claimed that over the last few decades, Americans have distorted the entire college admissions process, preceded by test prep, tutors, rankings and a belief among young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. They believe that acceptance to one of the nation’s top colleges is the key to success. And that being denied entry will keep many other doors in life closed.

In his book, Bruni explains why that’s flat-out wrong and devotes large sections of his book to discussing the fact that numerous successful CEOs, famous politicians, MacArthur recipients,and prominent authors graduated from colleges that lack the glow of national prestige.

Bruni makes an argument for stopping what he calls the “college admissions mania.” His book broadens the conversation and goes a long way toward helping parents maintain perspective, even in a world where 18-month-olds are being prepped for Princeton.

All are welcome. There is no charge for this program. Refreshments will be served.

The evening has being underwritten by the Temple Sinai Marshall Hochhauser Memorial Lecture Fund and funded in part by co-sponsors, the East Williston and Roslyn School Districts.

Temple Sinai of Roslyn is located at 425 Roslyn Rd. For more information, contact Ethel Liebeskind at 516-621-6800 or visit the website at


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Joe Scotchie is the editor of both The Roslyn News and New Hyde Park Illustrated News. In 2009, he won a New York State Press Association award for a sports feature. Joseph Scotchie’s past publications include biographies of Thomas Wolfe and Richard Weaver and a comprehensive history of the city of Asheville, North Carolina.


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