University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole told me a tongue-in-cheek story to illustrate why he is so passionate about bringing his scholarship into the public sphere through blogging and Twitter.
“A Fulbright committee once asked me how I planned to share the results of what I studied in India. ‘What do you mean, how,’ I asked. ‘I’ll write an article for the best journal I can so a handful of other scholars like me can read it, of course.’”
The world needs informed public dialogue like never before, and higher education has an important role ahead: Incentivize broad, public dissemination of faculty scholarship, and make it easier for faculty to share their expertise with lay audiences. Continue reading