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@Home in the Public Sphere: An Interview with Melonie Fullick, Graduate Student and Public Intellectual – Part 1

“I think the university may (paradoxically) sustain itself better by making its institutional boundaries more porous. That would involve academics extending their voices (their expertise and wisdom) to different spheres of communication,” says Melonie Fullick, a PhD candidate in Education at York University. Melonie, who is a public intellectual with a growing readership, sat down over coffee in Hamilton, Ontario to share her views on higher education and what brought her to engage multiple “publics” through Twitter and academic blogging. Though Melonie is careful to demystify social media and the term “public intellectual,” she represents a striking example of academic courage in what appears to be an increasingly austere and instrumentalized landscape of higher education. Continue reading

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