Creating Public Intellectuals
The OpEd Project’s fellowship model is intended for individuals and organizations that are committed to working for bigger results over the course of a year, and it’s goal is to transform women (and in some cases, minority men) academics and professionals with knowledge and expertise that would be of public value into public intellectuals. Participants convene quarterly (or at regular intervals), for a total of four seminars throughout the year: an initial full- or two-day OpEd Project “thought leadership” seminar that begins the fellowship; two mid-year seminars led by OpEd Project staff and Mentor-Editors, which focus on areas of common interest and scholarship and are designed to stimulate cross-pollination of ideas, find connections between participants’ areas of focus and current newshooks, and generate concrete op-ed results; and a final convening to recognize the accomplishments of the participants. In between these quarterly seminars, OpEd Project mentor-editors oversee the group throughout the year, leading weekly (non-obligatory) check-in chat sessions, as well as a monthly conference call designed to encourage and support participants in reaching their goals. Fellowship participants are asked to set individual goals of producing a set number of op-eds during the program year (minimum of one per quarter), with the support of our mentors, to reach an ambitious collective result. By partnering with us in this way, universities and organizations strengthen their internal community of experts, enhance these experts’ voices and contribution to public knowledge, and also increase their institution’s public presence.