Dropping out of IU might have been the best thing that ever happened to Christian Lander. Shortly after the 30-year-old Canadian native left the Communication and Culture Ph.D.
program, he created a blog that became a cult sensation – Stuff White People Like.
This Sunday, Lander will give a free lecture at the Indiana Memorial Union Whittenberger Auditorium. It will be followed by a question-and-answer session and book signing.
The site and subsequent eponymous book is a mirror to Lander’s own interests, although it is written as a guide to dealing with liberal-leaning, upper-middle-class white folk dedicated to emphasizing their individuality.
Topics vary from Asian fusion food to political prisoners to being offended. Lander calls out his own race in describing “the unique taste of millions.”
The book became a New York Times bestseller, and Lander has appeared as a guest on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.”