Laura Penny

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Laura Penny (born 1975) is a Canadian academic and the author of the bestselling Your Call is Important to Us: The Truth About Bullshit, a study of the phenomenon of bullshit and its role in modern society.[1]

Penny was featured on 60 Minutes with Princeton professor Harry Frankfurt, author of the similarly themed treatise, On Bullshit.[2] Penny is an occasional contributor to the Globe and Mail. She has also written for the National Post, Saturday Night, Chatelaine, and Toronto Life (for which she is also a contributing editor).

Penny holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the State University of New York. From 2002 to 2006, she taught at the University of King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she was a Senior Fellow in the Foundation Year Programme.[3] As of July 2011, she teaches at Halifax's Mount Saint Vincent University and Saint Mary's University[4] while still giving occasional lectures at King's College.[5]

Penny published More Money Than Brains: Why School Sucks, College is Crap, and Idiots Think They're Right, a consideration of anti-intellectualism and a defence of the arts and humanities in 2010.[6]

Penny published Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution in 2014.


  • — (2010). More Money Than Brains: Why School Sucks, College is Crap, and Idiots Think They're Right. McClelland & Stewart. ISBN 978-0-7710-7048-8. OCLC 440089889. 


  1. ^ "Laura Penny". Random House. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  2. ^ Leung, Rebecca (2011-02-11). "Ivy League Prof Sifts Through BS". 60 Minutes. CBS News. Retrieved 2011-07-14.  Includes link to video.
  3. ^ "Laura Penny". University of King's College. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  4. ^ "Dr. Laura Penny". Mount Saint Vincent University. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  5. ^ "Laura Penny". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  6. ^ "More Money Than Brains". Books. McClelland & Stewart. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 

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