What’s the Best Way to Do Public Humanities? Ask a Philosopher
Not every academic can or should do public outreach, but those who do it well benefit all of academe.
"It’s no secret that higher education has a public-relations problem. (If you don’t believe me, just Google phrases like “Is college a scam?”) The breakdown of trust between town and gown has led to suspicion, caricature, and erosion of material support for our work. Many observers — including me — have suggested that we push back though more public engagement, to enable nonacademic audiences to see us doing our work."