English Professor, and inspiration for the 1989 film, “Dead Poets Society”

Samuel Pickering: English Professor, and inspiration for the 1989 film, “Dead Poets Society”

Sam Pickering, a Nashville native with a quick and often irreverent wit, is best known as the inspiration for the movie Dead Poet’s Society, written by one of his former students at Montgomery Bell Academy. The author of 26 books and more than 250 essays, which he calls “excursions in thought . . . about whatever strikes me,” Pickering has been teaching English at UConn since 1978.

Known for his rapid-fire stream of consciousness style, he will share his thoughts about writing and thinking, as well as his priceless, homespun observations on teaching.

“Reading Pickering … is like taking a walk with your oldest, wittiest friend,” wrote a reviewer in Smithsonian magazine. UConn Talks invites you to join him on that walk.

Sam Pickering on NPR