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A New Documentary on Russell Jacoby is Streaming Online

Readers of this blog might be interested in “Velvet Prisons: Russell Jacoby on American Academia,” a new, fifty-five-minute-long documentary, co-directed by Dr. J. Kurt Jacobsen, an associate in the Program on International Politics, Economics, and Security at the University of Chicago. More information about the film can be found here.  It will be streaming for free as part of the online Humanity Explored Film Festival until April.

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  1. very interesting. will file away. do you know anything about the website that’s hosting the video? it seems…peculiar.

  2. That was absolutely wonderfu! It was eerie to hear him articulate things I’ve thought and feelings I’ve had beginning in my pre-teen years since the 1960s. Oh no, nostalgia! So much of what he says about academia is among the reasons I left grad school “prematurely” and eventually went to work in construction and became a finish carpenter (but returned, albeit part-time, to the academic world in my 40s). No wonder I was delighted to learn about the very “American” side of C. Wright Mills (compared to the Frankfurt School types!): his willingness to work with his hands, etc. Again, brilliant, inspiring, encouraging, hopeful….

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