Public Intellectual Program

The Long Institute will support work by local faculty and affiliates who have already begun to write for a broad public, as well as for specialized audiences. Workshops will provide graduate students and professors who have an interest in contributing to newspapers, magazines, and journals of opinion with the skills they need to communicate in more accessible ways, as well as sessions designed to help all faculty interact effectively with journalists.

These activities will build upon UC Irvine resources and traditions, including:

  • A strong track record of bringing high-profile journalists to campus to interact with faculty. Past visitors have included Ian Johnson, Barbara Demick, Howard French, Peter Hessler, Christina Larson, and Evan Osnos.
  • The Forum for the Academy and the Public at UC Irvine, an organization with strong ties to the Schools of Humanities and Law, directed by Amy Wilentz of the Literary Journalism Program, with Jeffrey Wasserstrom playing a pivotal role
  • A history of hiring faculty who write for and speak about China to broad audiences, as well as fellow specialists who train graduate students to do the same. UCI was home to the China Beat from 2008 to 2012—a blog edited by a pair of UCI History Department graduate students, Kate Merkel-Hess and later Maura Cunningham.