Intellectuals in the Public Square: Engaged Scholarship for the 21st Century

New School for Social Research: Creative Publishing

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Intellectuals in the Public Sq

Spring 2022

Taught By: Claire Potter

Section: A

CRN: 11962

Credits: 3

As university trained intellectuals, many of us aspire to share our research, analysis, and specialized knowledge with policymakers, activists, and an engaged public. When we do, we follow in a long tradition of scholars who have met the challenges of their time with their work. Social science doctoral programs were founded in the 19th century with the explicit aim, not of producing university professors, but of educating policymakers, journalists, industrial analysts, and other public intellectuals who would use their expert knowledge to help both states and their citizens make sense of a swiftly changing world. That need is no less urgent today. Reaching the public does not presume reducing the rigor of our thinking. But it requires us to unleash our creativity and learn to speak in both the language of the academic researcher, and one that will take us to our desired audience(s). This seminar invites graduate students from all departments at NSSR to think about their research and scholarship expansively and imagine ways of taking their ideas outside the university to influence public debate. Students will learn how to create compelling narratives from their research that speak to contemporary problems and a variety of audiences: community groups, young people, activists and non-specialist general audience readers. We will practice writing opinion and magazine pieces. But we will also explore alternative media that can convey a sophisticated narrative while capturing the audience you want to reach. 

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Creative Publishing (GPUB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 5

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:44pm 6/29/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 258

Date Range: 1/25/2022 - 5/10/2022