The Expectations

Tilney and Khan Book Talk
Tilney Khan Talk recording cover page

Alexander Tilney and Shamus Khan were classmates at St. Paul’s, a historic boarding school in New Hampshire, and both went on to examine that experience as authors. Khan, department chair and professor of sociology at Columbia University, studies and writes about elitism, including at his alma mater. Tilney’s novel, The Expectations, explores class, whiteness, love, legacy, adolescence, and the difficulty of truly belonging, through the story of two boys - the legacy squash champion and the son of an Emirati sheik - through their freshman year at an elite boarding school. On November 19, 2019 they met for a conversation that had been twenty years in the making. This event was hosted by the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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