Dr. Boyce Watkins and Michael Eric Dyson Discuss Paris Hilton-itis Infecting College Students

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Prominent professors discuss problem affecting millions of college students.

Well known professors Dr. Boyce Watkins (Syracuse University) and Michael Eric Dyson (The University of Pennsylvania) are seeking solutions to Paris Hilton-itis, the name for a social disorder that Watkins claims has infected many American college students. The “disease” consists of symptoms related to an overwhelming sense of laziness and entitlement, along with excessive behavior in the form of long nights of partying and drinking. They will discuss the problem Thursday, August 21 at 12:15 EST on The Michael Eric Dyson Show, a nationally-syndicated talk show, airing in several major cities.

Dr. Watkins, author of “Quick and Dirty Secrets of College Success – a Professor Tells it All”, says that college student culture is out of control. “When I heard about the allegations at Duke University, I didn’t wonder if anyone was raped,” says Watkins, who has given advice in USA Today and The New York Times, “I was thinking ‘What in THE HELL were 19 year olds doing having a party with 27-year old strippers?”

Dr. Watkins has made regular appearances in the national media, including The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch (CNBC), Hannity & Colmes (Fox), and Quite Frankly with Steven A. Smith (ESPN2). He is a strong advocate for the development and protection of college students and fairness in American society. Michael Eric Dyson is considered one of the preeminent thinkers in America, and holds a Chaired Professorship in the Humanities at The University of Pennsylvania. Both professors use hip hop as a tool for communication and often have riveting discussions designed to stimulate thought and action.

As a Finance professor, Watkins was the only American Financial scholar selected to visit with the Center for European Economic Research, a German Think Tank which advises The European Commission. Watkins argues that Paris Hilton-itis is not good for America’s economic future.

“America has become a strong nation because we are productive. We work harder than nearly anyone else, and we are better educated,” says Watkins. “But after traveling the world and seeing that other countries are educating their students more effectively, I believe that we are in trouble.”

Watkins’ books tell students that they should have fun in college, but simply learn moderation. “I am tired of people thinking that drinking till you puke every weekend is normal,” says Watkins. “The cool 20 year old with the beer in his hand every weekend eventually becomes the pathetic 45 year old at the Betty Ford Clinic. This problem usually starts on campus, and it can end on campus as well.”

About Dr. Boyce Watkins

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Finance professor at Syracuse University. He is the author of “Quick and Dirty Secrets of College Success – a Professor Tells it All”. For interviews, please call (315) 487-1176. For more information, please visit http://www.boycewatkins.com.


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