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October 7, 2021 8:00 pm
Season 4

The Cult of WeWork: A Conversation with the Wall Street Journal’s Maureen Farrell ‘01, Eliot Brown & Scott McCartney ‘82

with The Chronicle, DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy & DEMAN NY
Journalism, Podcast & Creative Writing


DEMAN is teaming up with The Chronicle to raffle off a copy of “The Cult of We” and a $50 gift card to the new Chronicle store! Register for and attend our “The Cult of WeWork” Zoom for your chance to win. All Duke students and alumni are eligible.

Join Duke alumni, parents, students, and friends for a wide-ranging conversation with former Duke Chronicle editor Maureen Farrell ‘01 and her co-author Eliot Brown about their recently published book, The Cult of We: WeWork, Adam Neumann, and the Great Startup Delusion.

The Cult of We is the definitive inside story of WeWork, its audacious founder, and what its epic unraveling says about a financial system drunk on the elixir of Silicon Valley innovation—from the Wall Street Journal correspondents (recently featured in the WeWork Hulu documentary) whose scoop-filled reporting hastened the company’s downfall.

The conversation will be moderated by Scott McCartney ‘82, Wall Street Journal columnist, co-chair of the Duke Student Publishing Company’s board (which publishes The Chronicle), and adjunct instructor of journalist and policy at the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy. The event will conclude with an audience Q&A.

“Eliot Brown and Maureen Farrell have written the riveting, definitive account of WeWork, one of the wildest business stories of our time, tracking both its baffling rise and its surprisingly satisfying fall.” —Matt Levine, Money Stuff columnist, Bloomberg Opinion


  • Maureen Farrell ‘01, Writer & Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
  • Eliot Brown, Writer & Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
  • Moderated by Scott McCartney ‘82, Writer, The Wall Street Journal & Adjunct Instructor of Journalism & Public Policy, DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy
  • Introduced by Leah Boyd ‘23, Editor-in-Chief (Vol. 117), The Chronicle 

About DEMAN Live

We know that finding a job/internship in all industries during these unprecedented times is confusing and stressful. We are here to help with DEMAN Live—a new Zoom series featuring conversations with alumni working in creative industries to help students and alumni navigate careers and opportunities during this time.