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PUBLIC INTELLECTUALS FORUM: Scott McLemee, “Sex, Socialism and Self-Education”

Event Date: Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Time: Talk begins at 5:30pm, reception at 7:00pm Location: Bistro 33, Historic Davis City Hall, 226 F Street

Back before the Internet, how could the ordinary person learn about risqué subjects and risky politics?  Through the “little blue books,” a “university in print” published for a nickel apiece that sold hundreds of thousands of copies a year through much of the twentieth century.

Scott McLemee, winner of the National Book Critics Circle award for excellence in reviewing, talks about how ideas get out, and how idea- peddlers make money from people’s desire to learn.

Essayist, critic, and blogger McLemee has been a maverick voice on culture and politics for more than a decade. A former contributing editor for Lingua Franca and senior writer at the Chronicle of Higher Education, in 2005 he helped start the online news journal Inside Higher Ed, where he serves as Essayist at Large, writing a weekly column called “Intellectual Affairs.” He also blogs at the online arts journal Quick Study.

Sponsored by the Davis Humanities Institute. Contact: Davis Humanities Institute at 530.752.2295

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