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Public Intellectuals


Mar 03 2017


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

Public Intellectuals- Bringing a Public into Being

Public Intellectuals: Bringing a Public into Being

A Conversation with Corey Robin and Jedediah Purdy

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)

Free and open to the public. Light lunch served. Sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics.

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“What we can do is articulate a politics within which the many people who find themselves left out of a winner-take-all economy can recognize their shared interests.” —Peter Constantine Pihos, The Possibility of a Public, Forum Online


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 —”the book that predicted Trump” (The New Yorker)—and Fear: The History of a Political Idea. His articles have appeared in the…...

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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. He is the author of five books,…...

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