Public Intellectualism in Comparative Context: Different Countries, Different Disciplines (2013 NDIAS Conference)

Organization: Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study

Venue: University of Notre Dame: Main and South Quadrangles

Location: Notre Dame , Indiana, United States

Event Date/Time: Apr 22, 2013 / 8:00 am - (EST) End Date/Time: Apr 24, 2013 / 8:00 pm - (EST)
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Description

This international conference, hosted by the NDIAS in McKenna Hall at the University of Notre Dame, will focus on the roles played by public intellectuals—persons who exert a large influence in the contemporary society of their countries by virtue of their thought, writing, or speaking—in various countries around the world and in their different professional roles. Leading experts from multiple disciplines will come together to approach this elusive topic of public intellectualism from different perspectives.

The conference will include interdisciplinary discussion of ideas presented as well as less formal opportunities for scholarly discourse and interaction. Each session includes a 40-minute presentation, a 20-minute commentary from another scholar in the field, followed by 40 minutes of questions and discussion of the presentation. This engaging and interdisciplinary approach differs from conferences in some disciplines, offering a unique opportunity to engage other scholars in ways that transcend disciplinary boundaries and providing participants new perspectives and ideas.

 

April 22-24, 2013

Conference Schedule

 

All conference sessions are held in the Notre Dame Conference Center in McKenna Hall.

 

Sunday, April 21

 

            Welcome Dinner (6:30 p.m.) for conference presenters, NDIAS Fellows and guests.

 

Monday, April 22 – First Session (8:30 a.m.)

 

            8:00 a.m.         Continental Breakfast (McKenna Hall Atrium)

 

            8:30 a.m.         Introductions and Welcome

 

8:45 a.m.         “Caveat Lector: Intellectuals and the Public”

Mark Lilla, Columbia University

                        9:30 - Commentary

                        9:50 - Discussion

 

10:30 a.m.       Coffee Break (McKenna Hall Atrium)

 

10:45 a.m.       “The Public Intellectual in China”

Willy Lam, Chinese University of Hong Kong and

Senior Fellow, Jamestown Foundation, Washington, DC

11:30 - Commentary

                        11:50 - Discussion

 

            12:30 p.m.       Lunch (12:30 to 2:00 p.m.)

 

 

Monday, April 22 – Second Session (2:00 p.m.)

 

2:00 p.m.         “The Public Intellectual in Latin America”

Enrique Krauze, Letras Libres

2:45 - Commentary

                        3:05 - Discussion

 

3:45 p.m.         Coffee Break (McKenna Hall Atrium)

 

4:00 p.m.         “The Artist as Public Intellectual”

Maxim Kantor, Russian artist, novelist, and essayist

                        4:45 - Commentary

                        5:05- Discussion

 

5:45 p.m.         Dinner

 

            7:15 p.m.         Evening Presentation

                                    “The Religious Leader as Public Intellectual”

Sr. Joan Chittister, O.S.B., Benedictine Sisters of Erie

8:00 - Commentary

                        8:25 – Questions from the Audience

                       

 

Tuesday, April 23 – First Session (9:00 a.m.)

 

            8:00 a.m.         Continental Breakfast (McKenna Hall Atrium)

 

8:45 a.m.         “Islam and the Public Intellectual” (VIA Webex)

Ahmad Moussalli, American University of Beirut

                        9:30 - Commentary

                        9:50 - Discussion

 

10:30 a.m.       Coffee Break (McKenna Hall Atrium)

 

10:45 a.m.       “The Blogger as Public Intellectual”

Paul Horwitz, University of Alabama

11:30 - Commentary

                        11:50 - Discussion

 

            12:30 p.m.       Lunch (12:30 to 2:00 p.m.)

 

 

Tuesday, April 23 – Second Session (2:00 p.m.)

 

2:00 p.m.         “Science in the Crosshairs: The Public Role of Science and Scientists”

Kenneth Miller, Brown University

                        2:45 - Commentary

                        3:05 - Discussion

 

3:45 p.m.         Coffee Break (McKenna Hall Atrium)

 

4:00 p.m.         “The Economist as Public Intellectual”

Bradford DeLong, University of California Berkeley,

NBER, and Kauffman Foundation

4:45 - Commentary

                        5:05 - Discussion

 

            5:45 p.m.         Dinner

 

            7:15 p.m.         Evening Presentation

                                    “The Former Diplomat as Public Intellectual”

Gilles Andréani, Panthéon-Assas University, Paris

8:00 - Commentary

                                    8:25 – Questions from the Audience

 

 

Wednesday, April 24 – First Session (9:00 a.m.)

 

            8:00 a.m.         Continental Breakfast (McKenna Hall Atrium)

 

8:45 a.m.         “The Philosopher as Public Intellectual”

Patrick Baert, University of Cambridge

                        9:30 - Commentary

                        9:50 - Discussion

 

10:30 a.m.       Coffee Break (McKenna Hall Atrium)

 

10:45 a.m.       “The American Public Intellectual as Cold Warrior”

Andrew Bacevich, Boston University

                        11:30 - Commentary

                        11:50 - Discussion

 

            12:30 p.m.       Lunch (12:30 to 2:00 p.m.)

 

 

Wednesday, April 24 – Second Session (2:00 p.m.)

 

2:00 p.m.         “The Historian as Public Intellectual: The Case of George Kennan”

Jeremi Suri, The University of Texas at Austin

                        2:45 - Commentary

                        3:05 - Discussion

 

3:45 p.m.         Coffee Break (McKenna Hall Atrium)

 

4:00 p.m.         “Politics and Science as a Vocation: The Ethical Imperative of Public Intellectualism for Scholars”

Michael Desch, University of Notre Dame

4:45 - Commentary

                        5:05 - Discussion

 

            5:45 p.m.         Concluding Thoughts (Vittorio Hösle)

 

6:30 p.m.         Dinner

 

Venue

Organizations

Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study
1124 Flanner Hall
Notre Dame
Indiana
46556
United States

Conference Speakers

  • Mark Lilla
  • Willy Lam
  • Enrique Krauze
  • Maxim Kantor
  • Sr. Joan Chittister
  • Ahmad Moussalli
  • Paul Horwitz
  • Kenneth Miller
  • Bradford DeLong
  • Gilles Andréani
  • Patrick Baert
  • Andrew Bacevich
  • Jeremi Suri
  • Michael Desch
  • Vittorio Hösle