Public Scholarship


This course, open to graduate students in all disciplines and linked to the work of the Forum for Scholars and Publics, is an introduction to a wide range of approaches to public scholarship; writing books for broader publics; writing for newspapers and magazines; doing interviews on radio and television; collaborations with community organizations,museums, and libraries; collaborations with K-12 schools and teachers; and developing and sustaining successful digital projects with broad public impact. We will read and discuss examples of all these kinds of work, and explore how best to connect public scholarship with other aspects of academic writing, publishing, and teaching. Over the course of the semester, students will develop and put into practice a public scholarship project of their own, with the support of the infrastructure and resources of the Forum for Scholars and Publics and in dialogue with the students in the class. Ultimately, the class will provide the necessary tools for making public scholarship an integral, and integrated, part of your scholarly life.