Wisconsin Book Festival presents Alex Star
What is the role of intellectual expertise and debate in public life? Drawing on his experience as an editor at Lingua Franca: the Review of Academic Life, the Boston Globe Ideas section, the New York Times magazine and Farrar Straus Giroux, Alexander Star will discuss the ever-changing nexus of ideas and politics since the 1990s.
He will explore the legacy of the 1990s culture wars, the relevance of the humanities in an age dominated by technology and the life sciences, the challenging economics of publishing books and journals, and the circulation of ideas in a time of TED talks and Twitter. He will also examine the possibilities and pitfalls of academic writing for a general audience, and the dilemmas of argument and analysis posed by the Trump presidency.
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