Google search “intellectuals are” and auto complete will display “stupid,” “useless” and “annoying.”
In this TedX Tacoma talk, UT alumna Amy Young (M.A., Ph.D, Communications Studies ’07) addresses this public relations problem facing scholars across all disciplinces. She cites the Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) program as an effective solution for moving scholarly work beyond the classroom and demonstrating the public worth of intellectuals.
In her talk, she highlights this quote from Richard Cherwitz, professor and director of the IE program: “We have an ethical obligation to discover and put to work knowledge that makes a difference.”
For more about the IE program, visit this website.