Category Archives: Public Intellectuals

Hope in the Age of Looming Authoritarianism

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By Henry Giroux I can understand pessimism, but I don’t believe in it. It’s not simply a matter of faith, but of historical evidence. Not overwhelming evidence, just enough to give hope, because for hope we don’t need certainty, only … Continue reading




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The Public Professor: Dissent in Commodified Higher Education, Or…What Kind of University Will My Daughter Attend in 2027?

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By Christian Christensen The following is the text of my public Professorial Installation lecture given at Uppsala University. These lectures have been given at Uppsala University for centuries, and are intended for a broad audience. In 1967, in a piece … Continue reading




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Henry Giroux on ‘Zombie’ Politics

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Interview with Bill Moyers In his book, Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism, author and scholar Henry Giroux connects the dots to prove his theory that our current system is informed by a “machinery of social and civil death” … Continue reading




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Public Intellectuals Against the Neoliberal University

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by Henry Giroux I want to begin with the words of the late African-American poet, Audre Lourde, who was in her time a formidable writer, educator, feminist, gay rights activist and public intellectual who displayed a relentless courage in addressing … Continue reading




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The Answer to the Great Question of Education Reform? The Number 42

By Adam Bessie For the Gateses and their Silicon Valley disciples who have also invested millions in The Answer – Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Netflix’s Reed Hastings – our public school system is really just a large operating system. It is not … Continue reading




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Intellectuals as Subjects and Objects of Violence

By Henry A. Giroux Edward Snowden, Russ Tice, Thomas Drake, Jeremy Scahill, and Julian Assange, among others, have recently made clear what it means to embody respect for a public intellectual debate, moral witnessing and intellectual culture. They are not … Continue reading




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Conference 16-18 October 2014

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Cultural Workers in Hamilton as Public Intellectuals

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On the Internet, No One Knows You’re a Student

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By Adam Kingsmith An old digital adage posits that on the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog. The phrase is in reference to the emancipating qualities of cyberspace. By virtue of the Internet’s unbridled creative licensing, gender, race, age, … Continue reading




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The War Against Teachers as Public Intellectuals in Dark Times




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