What Happened to the Public Intellectual?

09/13/2017 - 6:30pm to 10:00pm
Creative Nonfiction

Great minds, we are told, no longer captivate the public as they once did. Newspapers and magazines are cutting their books sections. University humanities departments are shrinking. Think tanks increasingly hew to the agendas of their corporate sponsors. Across the board, the country’s super-rich have used their wealth to promote jargon-fueled “thought leaders,” who serve moneyed interests, at the expense of intellectuals. But at the same time, we have seen a new generation of intellectuals on the left emerge as editors, writers, and organizers.

New Republic senior editor Jeet Heer, Founder and Co-Publisher of The New Inquiry and The New School professor Rachel Rosenfelt, Jacobin editor and publisher Bhaskar Sunkara, and n+1 editor Dayna Tortorici join New Republic literary editor Laura Marsh to discuss this new generation and how they are changing the public discourse.

This is an official 2017 Brooklyn Book Festival Event. 


Verso Books
20 Jay Street Suite 1010
Brooklyn, NY 11201