How academics can approach writing for the public good: Opinion

January 12, 2021
Writing for a general audience provides a way for academics to publicly speak out about current issues, writes Austin Sarat. The author explains how academics can draw on their expertise to join public conversations, and how their writing must change when they are writing for the public. The article describes techniques for producing this kind of writing, including choosing accessible language and ensuring that writing is compelling even for readers who may be hostile to the truth. The article describes the rewards and the downsides to producing public writing, and encourages academics to use their knowledge for the public good. Inside Higher Ed (International)