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The Devil and Webster
College campuses are in the news for various reasons these days, student rights and racism on the top of that list. The Devil and Webster offers a unique perspective inside some of these issues, and a very different perspective from which to view the discussions. Whereas most novels or nonfiction narratives about college campuses come from the viewpoint of students themselves, the opposite is the case in this novel. We see the events unfold from the POV of a very different person: the college president. Naomi Roth was an activist in her youth, a knowledgeable and passionate human being who has worked in ROTC and Vista, who has always helped others, always worked wholeheartedly on issues concerning her community.
The following version of the book was used to create this study guide: Korelitz, Jean Hanff. The Devil and Webster. Grand Central Publishing, As time passes, the protest grows and Naomi tries, unsuccessfully, to engage in discussion with the student protesters. When the students return from their break, Naomi is called to address vandalism in the Sojourner Truth House on campus: someone had used human excrement to write racial slurs on the walls of the basement.
Naomi struggles to preserve dialogue and transparency, and to maintain favorable publicity so that enrollment will increase. Things start well. There were bells and whistles, of course, myriad responsibilities, drudgery, absurdities, little challenges like speechifying and remembering names and riding the general rocket that was twenty-first century selective admissions in a helicopter parent culture, but at the end of the day the job boiled down to these three.
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