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by PopMatters Staff
by Imani Perry
The Chronicle of Higher Education (6 June 2010)

“Becoming a public intellectual appealed to many of us because it seemed to provide a way of making one’s scholarship more meaningful. Our ideas would be available to people in our home communities who might not ever set foot inside a university. Such a prospect was affirming. In a career where labor and education often don’t lead to economic gains, it is easy to feel diminished by society. Being seen on television could cut against that nagging sense of devaluation.”


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