Talking in the Library with Robert Boyers

University Library — Mary Tefft White Cultural CenterOpen to the Public

Public Intellectual, Editor of the quarterly SALMAGUNDI, and Professor of English at Skidmore College, where he has taught for fifty years and was the first Tisch Professor of Arts and Letters. The author of ten previous books, he writes regularly for such publications as The Nation, Harpers, The New Republic, Granta, Raritan, and many others.

From the perspective of a self-described “liberal intellectual and college professor,” Robert Boyers’ book asks questions such as, has academic life turned into a minefield? Why are a great many liberals, people who should know better, invested in the drawing up of enemies lists and driven by the conviction that on critical issues no dispute may be tolerated? Isn’t the tolerance of difference the heart of the liberal tradition?