Fall Alumni Gathering

Book Talk + Reception
Book cover of The Expectations by Alexander Tilney and information about a book talk

BELONGING AT BOARDING SCHOOL: A CONVERSATION WITH ALEXANDER TILNEY AND DR. SHAMUS KHAN

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.

Join Alexander Tilney and Dr. Shamus Khan for a reading of Tilney’s debut novel The Expectations and conversation twenty years in the making. Reception to follow.

  • Format: In-person 
  • Date:  Tuesday, November 19, 5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Facilitators: Alexander Tilney is the author of The Expectations. He is a graduate of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers and has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony. His writing has appeared in The Southwest ReviewThe Journal of the Office for Creative Research, and Gelf Magazine. Dr. Shamus Khan is department chair and professor of sociology at Columbia University and the author of over 80 articles, books, and essays, including Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School.
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