Below find the final contributions to the seminar on George Scialabba’s What Are Intellectuals Good For? ( buy from Barnes and Noble – preferred option since it often runs reviews by George, Scott and others, and is actively recommending the book in its excellent review section, Powells, Amazon) over the next few days. We’re really happy to have George with us – he is a frequent CT commenter, and, more importantly, one of the great public intellectuals of our time. A lot of the discussion will focus on the question of what role, if any, public intellectuals should play in modern culture.
The seminar is made publicly available under a Creative Commons license (see the PDF for details). All posts in the seminar are here. Those who prefer to read the seminar as a PDF can find it here. Those who want to play with the TeX file can find it here. Those who prefer to work in Markdown can find it here.
The non-CT authors:
Russell Jacoby is professor of history at UCLA. He is the author of numerous books, most relevantly including The Last Intellectuals: American Culture in the Age of Academe (Powells, Amazon), and updated in his article, Big Brains, Small Impact (available for free until very recently at the _Chronicle of Higher Education)
Aaron Swartz was one of the founders of Reddit, helped write the simple markup language Markdown (which has been used to format this seminar) and is involved in sundry other causes and activities in the area where information technology and politics intersect.
Rich Yeselson is a research coordinator in the Strategic Organizing Center of the labor federation, Change to Win, and the Zelig of the American intellectual left.