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Who Do You Think You Are, Anyway?

Join Todd Best and Drew Cistola for this Wednesday evening reading group working through Tara Isabella Burton's Self Made: Creating Our Identities from Da Vinci to the Kardashians. The group will be meet on 9/20, 10/4, 10/25, 11/15 in the CSC Classroom with coffee provided.


“Who are you?” is one of the fundamental questions of meaning asked by humans. More broadly speaking, what is the self? Is identity discovered or invented? How do we begin to answer those questions? In Self-Made, Tara Isabella Burton explores the historical shift from one primary way of understanding the self to an altogether different one in the modern era. Whatever one’s perspective is about the origins of the self, identity is unquestionably shaped by cultural and social structures like technology, social media, and cultural frameworks that provide a context for self-understanding. But perhaps most importantly, Burton notes, now more than ever the self is shaped and defined by, well, the self as each person taps into the individualizing forces of capitalism and digital technology to craft the brand we want. To explore these realities, Burton uses chronological biographical essays to trace this trajectory of self-creation.


September 20: Introduction and Chapters 1 and 2 (pp. 1-46)

October 4: Chapters 3-5 (pp. 47-106)

October 25: Chapters 6-8 (pp. 107-170)

November 15: Chapters 9-11, Epilogue (pp. 171-236)

We invite you to purchase your copy of Self Made: Creating Our Identities from Da Vinci to the Kardashians on our Bookshop site, which can be found at

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