Standing with the Public: Humanities and Democratic Practice


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What place do the humanities have in public life? The essays in this collection, edited by James Veninga and Noëlle McAfee, look at the ways the humanities contribute to democratic culture. The essays also identify work that can be done by bringing institutions of higher learning and the public together and explore how the humanities and humanities scholars are changed through public engagement.

Essays in this volume include:

  • “The Public Intellectual as Transgressor? Addressing the Disconnection between Expert and Civil Culture,” William M. Sullivan
  • “Academic Knowledge and Political Democracy in the Age of the University,” Thomas Bender
  • “Ways of Knowing: The Humanities and the Public Sphere,” Noëlle McAfee
  • “Education for Political Life,” Alejandro Sanz de Santamaría
  • “Deliberation and Technical Reasoning: The Role of the Humanities in a Democracy,” Peter Levine
  • “The Realm of Seriousness: The Public Role of the Humanities Scholar,” Jamil S. Zainaldin
  • “On Listening Deeply: The Moral imperative of the Humanities,” Thomas N. Santos
  • “Public Journalism: A Case for Public Scholarship,” Jay Rosen
  • “A Surplus of Seeing: Bakhtin, the Humanities, and Public Discourse,” Max Harris
  • “The Humanities and the Civic Imagination,” James F. Veninga
  • “The Humanities and the Democracy of Everyday Life,” Jean Bethke Elshtain
  • “Afterword: Inventing Public Scholarship,” David Mathews
  • “Case Study: Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Sherman Park,” Michael A. Gordon
  • “Case Study: Walthill, Nebraska,” Jo Taylor
  • “Case Study: Lockhart, San Marcos, and Wimberley, Texas,” Edward S. Mihalkanin

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