How public scholarship can lead to non-academic engagement: Opinion

August 30, 2021
Higher education is often distrusted by the non-academic population, writes Leonard Cassuto, but the public humanities provide an opportunity to address this issue. While some scholars do not like public attention, public writing and outreach can be a way to garner public support and help the general public understand what academics do. Cassuto describes the work of philosophers who would work at a public “Ask a Philosopher” booth answering questions and encouraging discussion. The work was fun for students engaged in it, and led to engagement from a wide range of people. “[H]aving fun in public is a possibility that academic philosophers lose sight of too often,” writes Cassuto. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Paywall) (Editorial)