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Institute of Advanced Study

'Velvet Prisons' : Professor Russell Jacoby explores the American academy, political life, and popular culture from the 1950s to the present

(5 February 2013)


Former IAS Fellow, author and critic Professor Russell Jacoby, University of California at Los Angeles, discusses American academicia and culture. This hour-long documentary explores the foibles of the American academy, political life, and popular culture from the 1950s to the present.

It examines the fate of public intellectuals, the neutering of radical inquiry in universities, the need for daring utopian thought, the scourge of bad academic writing, the inspiring legacy of C. Wright Mills, the blight of pop psychology, the free-wheeling impact of the 1960s, alternative media, and the "planned obsolescence of thinking" in a proudly anti-intellectual society. This documentary 'Velvet Prisons' premiered at the 'Humanity Explored' Online Film Festival.

To watch this documentary please follow this link.