Juvenescence is the state of growing young. It’s a term that Stanford professor Robert Pogue Harrison uses as the title of his newest book and to describe the current cultural landscape of Western civilization. With modern society emphasizing “genius” and “innovation,” Harrison thinks we assign less value to the lessons of antiquity and to our elders. Harrison joins us to discuss how the older generation aspires to be young, and the young live as if born into a vacuum of history.
Robert Pogue Harrison, Rosina Pierotti Professor in Italian Literature and chair of the department of French and Italian at Stanford University; author of "Juvenescence: A Cultural History of Our Age"