Explores the role of the public intellectual in modern and contemporary societies from a theoretical and practical lens. Specifically, investigates the interventions of this capital actor of the social fabric in specific historical junctures of the 20th century and the new millennium with the idea of informing a hands-on approach to participation in civil society debates. Students will be encouraged to examine how “marginalized communities” intervene in the public sphere to effect social change. Term work will include the writing and publishing of an op-ed article, blog, social media posts and a podcast interview. Restricted to first-year students. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.