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Ben Alpers

Countdown to Conference: Interview with Keynote Claire Potter

(1) HOW HAS LIVING AND WORKING IN NEW YORK CITY, MORE SPECIFICALLY AT THE NEW SCHOOL, SHAPED YOU AS A SCHOLAR? I attended graduate school in New York and then spent twenty years teaching at Wesleyan University in central Connecticut. These years were intellectually stimulating, I had wonderful colleagues, and thanks to Richard Ohmann and Elizabeth Traub, I had the opportunity to engage cultural studies as a project. But these years were also oddly constricting because traditional institutions assess writing and scholarship by narrow standards. Major cities like New York have long traditions of public engagement outside the academy. At Read more