This conversation took place on April 2, 2021 between Jessa Lingel, Associate Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. It addressed re-imagining connections between academia and activism. Can one be a scholar and an activist at the same time? If so, how? If not, why not? What can contemporary scholar-activists learn from scholars and activists of the past who have tried to balance those two goals/trajectories at the same time?
A new series at the Annenberg School, Annenberg Conversations engage Communication research and scholarship on topical issues together with a wide variety of individuals outside of Annenberg — including academics, activists, artists, and many others. During the 2020-21 academic year, the topic is race in America.