(a) wrote: "[Professors, We Need You! was] about the unfortunate way America has marginalized university professors ? and, perhaps sadder still, the way they have marginalized themselves from public debate";
(b) posted 313 comments (as of 19 Feb 2014 09:04-0800) on his opinion piece, about equally divided between approval and disapproval.
One of more substantive comments is by Aaron Barlow, faculty editor of the AAUP magazine "Academe," who pointed to "Public Intellectuals and the AAUP" (Schrecker at <http://bit.ly/NZH5E5>, and "The Case for Academics as Public Intellectuals" (Behm, Rankins-Robertson, & Roen (BRR) at <http://bit.ly/1dDTZky>. (BRR + commentors on BRR + myself) list about 40 academicians who have "bridged the moat around universities."
But the fact that 40 [out of a total of over a million higher-education faculty] have "bridged the moat" does not negate Kristof's general claim that "[professors] have marginalized themselves."
REFERENCES [URLs shortened by <http://bit.ly/ and accessed on 19 Feb 2014.]
Hake, R.R. 2014. "Re: Professors We Need You!" online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at <http://bit.ly/1hw62E1>. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists and are on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at <http://bit.ly/1oThbQl>.