Conan O'Brien (Education)
Comedian, Talk Show Host
Undergraduate Education: American History
After graduating as his high school’s class valedictorian, O’Brien studied at Harvard University where his father was also a professor of medicine there. O’Brien majored in American history and graduated as a manga cum laude. At Harvard, O’Brien was already beginning to get into the world of entertainment and comedy as he was a writer for the Harvard Lampoon humor magazine and was even a drummer in a band. During his senior year, O’Brien’s thesis was entitled Literary Progeria in the Works of Flannery O’Connor and William Faulkner. His thesis was about how southern America was prematurely old because it was apart of a young undefeated nation despite how it [the south] had already known defeat. O’Brien explored how this idea was transferred to children in the south who had become pre-maturely old because they were living in such an environment.