Inside and outside of higher ed, what it takes to be a public scholar is a hot topic of discussion. In the pages of higher ed magazines, there are debates about whether scholars should present their work to the public or why they shouldn’t. There are demands that all scholars should be doing this work, even though there is little institutional support. And there’s also conflicting advice about how scholars can engage the public with their research. This session will offer a brief primer in what it means to be a public scholar while emphasizing there’s no one way to do this kind of work. The workshop will include brainstorming for topics to write about for a public audience, learning how to craft a pitch for an editor of a magazine or newspaper, practicing how to make your future article fit in with the news cycle, and discussing the risks and rewards of being a public scholar. The goal is to help you decide whether you want to do this kind of work, give you the basics, and help you realize that you should be a public scholar in a way that works best for you. (Presented by Women in Higher Education.)
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