Release date: Feb. 15, 2001
Contact: Nancy Seideman, Director, 404-727-0640, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Role of the Public Intellectual Debated In March
||Michael Bellesiles, professor of history at Emory
University; David Cannadine, director of the Institute for Historical
Research in London; Johnnetta B. Cole, Presidential Distinguished
Professor at Emory; Alice Kessler-Harris, professor of history at
Columbia University; and Peter Novick, professor of history emeritus
at University of Chicago
||"The Public Intellectual: Scholars and Politics
in America in the New Millennium,"
a conference presented by the Atlanta Seminar in the Comparative
History of Labor, Industry, Technology and Society
||Saturday, March 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
||Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Rd. NW,
||Free and open to the public. For more
information, call 404-894-6848
American intellectuals once played an active and visible role in shaping
politics and public dialogue. But aside from occasional presidential
retreats with selected pundits, today's American academics appear to
have far less influence on public policy, especially in comparison with
their European counterparts. "The Public Intellectual: Scholars
and Politics in America in the New Millennium" conference will
address what accounts for this disparity, and what can and should be
done about it.
During the conference, the following prominent scholars will discuss
the problems and possibilities of being a public intellectual:
||Michael Bellesiles, professor of history at
Emory University, author of "Revolutionary Outlaws: Ethan Allen
and the Struggle for Independence of the Early American Frontier"
(1993) and "Arming America: the Origins of a National Gun Culture"
||David Cannadine, director of the Institute
for Historical Research in London, author of "The Decline and
Fall of the British Aristocracy" (1990) and "The Rise
and Fall of Class in Britain" (1999);
||Johnnetta B. Cole, Presidential Distinguished
Professor at Emory and president emerita of Spelman College, author
of "Conversations: Straight Talk with America's Sister President"
(1990) and "Dream the Boldest Dreams: And Other Lessons of
||Alice Kessler-Harris, professor of history
at Columbia University; author of "Out to Work: A History of
America's Wage-Earning Women in the United States" (1982) and
"A Woman's Wage: Historical Meanings and Social Consequences"
||Peter Novick, professor of history emeritus
at University of Chicago, author of "That Noble Dream: The
'Objectivity Question' and the American Historical Profession"
(1988) and "The Holocaust in American Life" (1999).
The Atlanta Seminar in the Comparative History of Labor, Industry,
Technology and Society (SCHLITS) is a collaborative scholarly community
that brings together faculty and graduate students of Emory University,
Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University, along
with other local colleges and universities. Founded a decade ago and
funded by the three principle institutions, SCHLITS offers a biannual
graduate seminar, a series of roundtable discussions during which visiting
and local scholars present their current research, and a visiting fellow
program that brings distinguished speakers to Atlanta for a forum or
series of talks.
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