The university and the Public Sphere

The legacy of the Center for the study
of public scholarship at Emory

The Academic Exchange
Vol. 13 No. 2
Spring 2011

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The University and the Public Sphere
What is public scholarship?

The Legacy of the Center for the Study of Public Scholarship at Emory

Further Resources

Scholar, Teacher, Public Policy Player
The balancing act of the modern legal scholar

Turning to Public Scholarship
Race and music

Teaching and Learning in the Public Realm
Lessons on effectiveness

Further Resources

Shared Knowledge
Developing a public voice through the media

Media Strategies for Faculty

"Often, when academics are not involved in [media] conversations, people rely on short-term generalizations to explain the world."

"I have my effectiveness in speaking to diverse audiences, whether it’s to three hundred executives or two thousand teachers, going out and telling them something about the global economy and its implications."

Reflections on a Tragedy
The media and the public stigma around mental illness

Trusted But Not Respected
Nurses in contemporary media

Further Reading

The Public Scholars of the Future
Preparing undergraduates with skills and experiences for public service

Lives Steeped in Stories
Teaching students to become critical consumers of media

More Resources on Critical Media Literacy

"The Bible in one hand, the newspaper in the other"
Cultivating public theologians in the Youth Theological Initiative


From 1994 until 2009, the Center for the Study of Public Scholarship at Emory addressed and examined scholarly work that crosses boundaries between the academy and the public. Using lenses as varied as those of artists, critics, museums, media, and non-governmental organizations, the CSPS brought a sweeping range of visitors to Emory from around the globe, mounted workshops and programs on critical topics and debates, and supported the work of graduate students in this arena through grant-writing workshops and internship programs.

With the leadership of the directors of the center, Ivan Karp, National Endowment for the Humanities Professor of Liberal Arts and African Studies, and Corrine Kratz, Professor of Anthropology and African Studies, the CSPS also fostered regular exchanges and engagements to programs with academic and arts institutions in southern Africa through its Institutions of Public Culture program.

The legacy of the CSPS now is being built upon through the work of the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, which sponsored a seminar series on public scholarship co-led by Karp, Kraz, and CFDE director Laurie Patton, and a pilot Public Scholars Fellowship Program to support the work of faculty with projects that aim to translate traditional scholarship into a new media format, produce a “trade” rather than “specialized” book, or write for more publicly accessible venues, such as blogs, op-ed pieces, and popular articles in non-academic forums.

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