MLC Pandemic Webinar Series: The Role of Public Intellectuals

Public intellectuals play a vital role in shaping civic engagement and political awareness. To be effective, their information must be accurate and their public participation sincere. This is the 10th webinar milestone in the MLC Pandemic series, featuring three renowned experts to explore the role of public intellectuals during times of crisis:

  • Tom Nichols, author of The Death of Expertise (Oxford UP, 2017) and University Professor of National Security Affairs, U.S. Naval War College;
  • Amitava Kumar, author of Every Day I Write the Book (Duke UP, 2020) and Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English, Vassar College;
  • Karim Bardeesy, co-founder of First Policy Response and Executive Director of Ryerson Leadership Lab, Ryerson University.

The webinar is open to the general public and free of charge. To participate, RSVP on Eventbrite and click the green Register button to gain access to the Zoom room details.

The MLC Pandemic Webinar Series began on April 2 as an urgent cultural response to the crisis. Catch up on previous installments and learn more about this series on our website.

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