Assuming the role of public intellectual suggests being a provocateur in the classroom; it means asking hard questions, listening carefully to what students have to say and pushing teaching against the grain. But it also means stepping out of the classroom and working with others to create public spaces where it becomes possible not only to “shift the way people think about the moment, but potentially to energize them to do something differently in that moment,” to link one’s critical imagination with the possibility of activism in the public sphere.
Henry Giroux is a Canadian and American who teaches at MacMaster University in Hamilton, ON.
Really great “slightly vitriolic” piece here from Henry Giroux. I love the connection he makes to the imagination here. The quotation within the quotation here refers to:
A Conversation between Lani Guinier and Anna Deavere Smith, ‘Rethinking Power, Rethinking Theater,” Theater 31:3 (Winter 2002), pp. 34-35. Copyright, Truthout.