The Case for Academics as Public Intellectuals

The January-February issue of Academe marks a major milestone for the AAUP: It’s issue 1 of Volume 100. As we begin the celebration of the AAUP’s centennial, Nicholas Behm, Sherry Rankins-Robertson, and Duane Roen look to one of the AAUP’s founders, John Dewey, for a model of academic as public intellectual. There have been other since Dewey, including many today, but the authors argue that in general, academics need to make sure their research and work is getting to the public. That means learning not only how to work with the media, but how to speak about often technical subjects in a way that the general public can understand.

Read “The Case for Academics as Public Intellectuals” on the AAUP website, and stay tuned for more information on the AAUP centennial.

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