Public Intellectual are....

This is a good question. I carry the label "public intellectual" to many. I think of the role of "professing" in the job of Professor that you cannot ignore. This explains much of what I do, but it might be enough for some. Regardless, I like this convo, if only to see the parameters of the label.



“What Happened to the Public Intellectual?” Great minds, we are told, no longer captivate the public as they once did. Newspapers and magazines are cutting their books sections. University humanities departments are shrinking. Think tanks increasingly hew to the agendas of their corporate sponsors. Across the board, the country’s super-rich have used their wealth to promote jargon-fueled “thought leaders,” who serve moneyed interests, at the expense of intellectuals. But at the same time, we have seen a new generation of intellectuals on the left emerge as editors, writers, and organizers. New Republic senior editor Jeet Heer, Founder and Co-Publisher of The New Inquiry and The New School professor Rachel Rosenfelt, Jacobin editor and publisher Bhaskar Sunkara, and n+1 editor Dayna Tortorici join New Republic literary editor Laura Marsh to discuss this new generation and how they are changing the public discourse.

Talking in Public

This is full video of my appearance on "Story in the Public Square."

Each week, the Pell Center produces episodes of “Story in the Public Square,” a public affairs television series. The show features interviews with today’s best print, screen, music and other storytellers about their creative processes and how their stories impact public understanding and policy.

Hosted by Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller, “Story in the Public Square”  aims to study, celebrate, and tell stories that matter.

Story in the Public Square is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal.

“Story in the Public Square” airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 9:30 p.m. ET and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124.