Columnist to speak on success Sept. 25

COOKEVILLE – Author and columnist Courtney E. Martin will present a lecture on her new book at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 in Derryberry Hall Auditorium.

Her new book, “The New Better Off: Reinventing the American Dream,” explores how younger generations are redefining what it means to be successful. There has been a recent shift in many Americans’ goals from traditional marks of success and wealth to improving connections with those around them and achieving more on a smaller scale. In the book, she questions what defines real success and how anyone can attain it.

“The phrase ‘new better off…’ [is] about creating a life you can be genuinely proud of, an ‘examined life’…a life that you are challenged by, a life that makes you giddy, that sometimes surprises you, a life that you love,” she said in the book.

She frequently critiques “standard practice” with the aim of understanding and explaining the stories and reasons which create the foundation of every life.

She is a recipient of the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics, is a weekly columnist for On Being, a Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation and podcast, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times and the Washington Post.

To find out more about Martin, visit her website,

Center Stage features a series of events, guest artists, lectures and performances in hopes to promote better understanding of the fine arts and diverse cultural perspectives. It is made possible by Tennessee Tech’s general education fund.

The event is free and open to the public.

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