From the Mindset List

ANNUAL PARENTS ADVISORY: 20 Questions New Parents Will Need to Answer!

by Tom McBride

OUR ANNUAL PARENTS’ ADVISORY  It’s a new year, with new babies born every few seconds. Here are twenty questions that new parents will have to answer over the next couple of decades, as they raise the college class of 2038. #1: What was it like when you first saw robots flipping burgers at McDonald’s? #2: Are you telling me that Senator Clinton’s father used to be president, too? #3: What was a family doctor? #4: Why do all these pharmacies and food markets have steeples, like churches? #5: Why did you make we wait until I was seven before giving me a mobile phone? #6: When did the first robot colony land on the moon? #7: How long have people   Read on »

THE BELOIT COLLEGE MINDSET LIST: Class of 2019 (Born 1997!)

by Tom McBride

Author contacts:                        Ron Nief (608-770-2625)                                                                Tom McBride (608-312-9508)                                                                                                    Charles Westerberg (608-225-8100)                                                Beloit College Releases The Mindset List for This Year’s Entering Class of First-Year College Students, The Class of 2019 Beloit, Wis. — Members of the entering college class of 2019 were mostly born in 1997 and have never licked a postage stamp, have assumed that WiFi is an entitlement, and have no first-hand experience of Princess Diana’s charismatic celebrity. Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List, providing a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall. For this year’s entering class there has always been Google; Email, informal to previous   Read on »

What started as a witty way of saying…

to faculty colleagues “watch your references,” has turned into a globally reported and utilized guide to the intelligent. It is requested by thousands of readers, reprinted in hundreds of print and electronic publications, and used for a wide variety of purposes. The Mindset Lists of American History immediately caught the imagination of the public, and in the ensuing years, has drawn responses from around the world. The site contains all of the lists and news about the list’s development. There are also opportunities to provide feedback and to get information on authors Ron Nief and Tom McBride. Read more about The Mindset Lists of American History: From Typewriters to Text Messages, What Ten Generations of Americans Think is Normal, on our book page. See the Mindset List for the Class of 2017»
Mindset List authors Tom McBride, Charles Westerberg, and Ron Nief.

Mindset List authors Tom McBride, Charles Westerberg, and Ron Nief.

About the Authors

Ron Nief  is emeritus director of public affairs at Beloit College, stepping down in 2009 after 14 years. He has been communicating the work of higher education for more than four decades, starting with his alma mater, Boston College in the 1960s and including Brandeis and Clark universities…. Read more »
Tom McBride is a professor of English and Keefer Professor of the Humanities at Beloit College. A graduate of Baylor University and the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign, he teaches Milton, Shakespeare, and critical theory and has team-taught many interdisciplinary courses…. Read more »

“McBride and Nief should be hailed America’s cultural timekeepers.” —Jim Simon, Seattle Times