The Public Intellectual Project

Within the last few decades, the emergence of public intellectuals as important cultural and social critics has raised fundamental questions not only about the social function of academics, but also about the connection between higher education and public life, between academic work and the major issues shaping the broader society. Truthout’s Public Intellectual Project will provide progressive academics with an opportunity to address a number of important social issues in a language that is both rigorous and accessible. All too often, academics produce work that is either too abstract for a generally informed public, or they separate their scholarship from the myriad of issues and contemporary problems that shape everyday life in the United States and abroad.

The Public Intellectual Project will solicit and publish work from both younger academics who have not yet ventured into the public realm to address major social concerns, and from those scholars who are already actively involved in speaking to multiple audiences about serious social issues. The project is designed to provide a platform for the general public to think carefully about a range of social problems that affect their lives. It will also allow a generation of scholars to reflect on their own intellectual practices, discourses and understanding of what it might mean to embrace their role as public intellectuals.

Articles by Henry A. Giroux

Articles by Other Writers:

Seth Adler

Ian Angus

Stanley Aronowitz

Salvatore Babones

Zygmunt Bauman 

Carol Becker

Dr. Cynthia Boaz

Megan Boler

Noam Chomsky

David L. Clark

Simon Dawes

Ashley Dawson

Anthony DiMaggio

Cary Fraser

Rosa-Linda Fregoso

Susan Searls Giroux

Lewis R. Gordon

George Lakoff

Jesse Lemisch

Richard Lichtman

Peter Mayo

Peter McLaren

Joseph Natoli

Tolu Olorunda

David Palumbo-Liu

Michael A. Peters

Grace Pollock

Chronis Polychroniou

Roberto Cintli Rodriguez

Kenneth J. Saltman

Martha Sorren

Leslie Thatcher

Kelley B. Vlahos

Danny Weil

Jan Widacki

Michael D. Yates