“The last, genuine intellectual…”

| May 4, 2011

As part of my duties as a program assistant for Anthropology and Education I often had to hang posters of events.  One day as I was hanging a poster in a Grace Dodge hallway for Robbie’s upcoming Cremin Lecture, one of Robbie’s former Philosophy and Social Sciences department colleagues strolled by, peered over my shoulder to read the poster, and then said, “I’d go to that if were you. You never know when Robbie is going to leave and he is the last, genuine intellectual left around here.” Well, I went, and I saw that former colleague take his own advice and attend as well. It was just one of the too few times I have been able to hear Robbie speak; each occasion offering more than enough to chew on.

I would like to add that the ‘radical’ Robbie is still with us as he agreed to be the instructor of record for an independent study course on Anarchist Philosophy in Education only two years ago, and though we sold his role to him by saying he needn’t attend every session, he did anyway, and made we self-anointed rabble-rousers feel rather bourgeois by comparison. I am thankful for having had the opportunity.