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Naomi Wolf: The Public Intellectual

Dr. Naomi Wolf will be joining Stony Brook University this year as a Visiting Lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Dr. Wolf is the author of eight nonfiction bestsellers, including  The Beauty Myth, which The New York Times called “one of the most important books of the Twentieth century.” Her journalism has appeared in numerous major news outlets, including The Washington PostThe New Republic and The Wall Street Journal. A Rhodes Scholar, she received her doctorate from the University of Oxford in English literature.   

Workshop Announcement: "The Public Intellectual"

Humanities Building 1006

4pm on Sep 22, Oct 13, Oct 26 & Nov 18, 2015

refreshments to follow



This semester, Dr. Wolf will offer a 4 part workshop/seminar entitled "The Public Intellectual."  Building on a similar seminar she offered at Oxford, Dr. Wolf will share her experience of engaging the public in thoughtful discourse and contributing one's expertise in non-academic settings.  As academics, we have deep knowledge connected to many of the issues of today, anything from pharmaceuticals, race relations, global warming, public health, gender, sexual orientation and gay marriage.  As academics at a public university, it is arguably one of our greatest privileges to share this expertise. 

No registration is required, so please come!

  • Tue 9/22  What is a Public Intellectual?:  Explore how to project a global public voice and why it benefits you to do so. Today, any student, researcher or academic can reach a global non-academic audience, once certain easy-to-learn skills are mastered. Public intellectuals have a long and valued tradition in many countries: hear why you should become a public intellectual and move constituencies to advance your mission, persuade audiences and legislators, or secure your goals.

  • Tue 10/13   The 'Pitch':  This is the DNA of any media outreach. This seminar will help you identify your core message and communicate it winningly in any context. 

  • Mon 10/26  The Op-Ed:   Master the art of making your case in a format of 800 words, to run in the pages of major newspapers from  The New York Times to  The Wall Street Journal, or as blogs in such outlets as  The Huffington Post, reaching millions. 

  • Wed 11/18   Live Presenting:   In this seminar we have hands-on coaching in how to share your research, mission or vision in a compelling, dynamic way with  live  non academic audiences, and in how to engage with the audience members interactively.
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