Beyond the Academy Conference June 9-10

Check out the call for abstracts for an upcoming conference that I am helping organize,

Beyond the Academy: Engaging Public Life
Call for Abstracts
June 9-10, 2008
George Mason University Arlington CampusMeeting just outside the nation’s capital in the midst of a presidential campaign year, public scholars from across the country will discuss the ways in which their work is more than “academic,” how it helps strengthen democratic institutions and public life and can bring about civic change. To be considered for the program, send a 450-550 word abstract by April 28 to with the subject line “public scholars.” Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Reclaiming the civic mission of the university
  • The incentive structure of university scholarship
  • The self-understanding of scholars and their relationship to the public
  • How to be the public’s allies in democratic work
  • What kind of research does a democratic public need?
  • Organic vs. traditional scholarship: How does Milton matter?
  • Assessing the engaged campus movement
  • Independent scholars, the academy, and the public
  • the multiple ways communities, individuals and non-academic institutions contribute to public knowledge (e.g., film festivals, literary festivals, literacy initiatives)
  • Advocacy versus Engagement
  • Book sessions

The conference will begin late in the day on June 9 and continue all day June 10. For more information visit the conference site.

Public Scholarship Conference

George Mason University and the University of Maryland are co-hosting a conference on public scholarship June 10-11, 2008, at Mason’s Arlington campus. The event is also sponsored by The Democracy Imperative and the Kettering Foundation. A call for papers is forthcoming. In the meantime send inquiries to the event’s organizer, Noelle McAfee, at