GonePublic is written by Noëlle McAfee — that’s me. I am a professor of philosophy at Emory University and editor of the Kettering Review.  I started this blog when my brilliant friend Cole Campbell was killed in a car crash in January 2007, and I continue it in his spirit: irreverent, deeply democratic, committed to ideas, to public life, and to the possibility that all of us might make this world a better place. To see that initial blog for Cole and the outpouring of grief from his friends, go here.

For more on my work go to noellemcafee.net.

Also see some of my work with the Kettering Foundation here.


  1. We follow each other on Twitter. I have some McAfee family history up to my father, circa 1938, if you are interested.

    Also, I have a U of MD philosophy degree (1974).


  2. Noelle,
    I remember reading your lovely tribute to Cole long ago. In fact, it is one of only a few things in that hazy/blurry time that made a lasting impression. That phrase about Cole’s picture not supposed to be in the Obit section of the NY Times is forever burnished in my mind. I don’t think I have an e-mail address for you so am reverting to this rather public forum to just say “thanks.” For the amazing piece, and the incredible responses it elicited. I wasn’t aware until just now that you began this blog because of Cole. And the intro credit to his inspiration is simply beautiful. I know this would mean so very much to Cole. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

    I will be in DC in early December. Maybe we can meet for coffee to explore an idea or two regarding Cole.
    From my heart,
    Catherine (Cole’s bride)

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