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Public Intellectuals: Bringing a Public into Being

Corey Robin and Jedediah Purdy
March 3rd, 2017
12:00 PM


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Friday, March 3, 2017

Noon - 1:00 pm

Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chemistry Building 011)

Light lunch served beginning at 11:45

Free and open to the public

Join us for a discussion with professors Jedediah Purdy and Corey Robin, two scholars who write frequently for non-academic publications. What does it mean to write to "bring a public into being"? Why do this sort of writing? How does the practice of writing for a public affect other, more academic-focused forms of scholarly writing?

Read some of Corey Robin's public writing:

How Intellectuals Create a Public.” The Chronicle Review (January 22, 2016), B10-14.

"Judith Butler as a Public Intellectual." (June 29, 2016),

"From the Talmud to Judith Butler: Audiences as Co-Creators with -- and of -- the Public Intellectual." (July 2, 2016),

Read some of Jed Purdy's public writing:

"Environmentalism Was Once a Social-Justice Movement." The Atlantic (December 7, 2016).

"What I Had Lost Was a Country". n+1 Magazine (December 20, 2016).

"America's New Opposition". The New Republic (February 1, 2017).

Corey Robin

Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center

Corey Robin is a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin...

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Jedediah Purdy

Duke University

Jedediah Purdy, Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law at Duke University, teaches constitutional, environmental, and property law and writes in all of these areas.  He also teaches legal theory and writes on issues at the intersection of law and social and political thought....

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