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Nerding Out

Dyson, West, and the role of the public intellectual In today’s world

Dorian Warren discusses the battle unfolding in the pages of the New Republic and on Twitter, between two African American intellectual titans, Michael Eric Dyson and Cornel West. New Republic Senior Editor Jamil Smith and Johns Hopkins Assistant Professor Lester Spence discuss the blows traded between Dyson and West, and the role that black intellectuals have played and should play in social movements like the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. Then the panel is joined by Brooklyn College Professor Corey Robin to discuss the changing role of public intellectuals in political discourse, and whether or not notable public intellectuals are a thing of the past. Nerding Out airs Thursdays at 11am ET on Shift.

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