|Julian Zelizer, Princeton University|
I live tweeted the session @johnfea1 and Storified the session here.
I thoroughly enjoyed this session--even found it inspiring.
In the end, the members of the panel seemed to have differing views on what the role and responsibilities of a "public intellectual." Peniel Joseph and Claire Potter were clearly historian-activists. Zelizer called himself more of a "commentator" than an "activist." (Joseph insisted that we can do both--comment and act). Foner approached his role as a public intellectual from a more traditional historical perspective. He believed that good scholarship could lead to social change. Kazin seemed to be somewhere between Joseph/Potter and Foner.
Check out the tweets for more.