John Fea on Historians as Public Scholars

Probably no one has done more to encourage me to think about my vocation to serve those beyond the academy than John Fea of Messiah College. Not just on his blog, but in his frequent speaking engagements and a continuing series of “Virtual Office Hours” posted on YouTube, John models how historians can balance public engagement with more familiar academic roles.

So it’s appropriate that his current run of YouTube videos considers “How to be a Public Scholar.” The most recent installment focuses on blogging: (thanks for giving this blog a couple of cameos, John!)

The previous episode highlighted John’s work as an op-ed writer; here’s the introduction to the Public Scholar series, discussing (via Ernest Boyer) the democratic overtones of public scholarship and how it integrates the traditional scholarly triad of teaching, research, and service.


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