The Attaway professorships attract to campus public figures who make distinctive contributions to the intellectual life of students as well as the members of our wider community. These visiting scholars present themselves not as academics who occasionally have public roles, but as full-time public intellectuals and gifted communicators whose foremost interest is civic culture.
These professorships combine the advantages of guest speakers and internship programs as they provide brief residencies as the fellows interact personally with students and the community. Like internships, the Attaway professors play a mentoring role that encourages students to engage in similar intellectual endeavors. As guest speakers, the Attaway professors bring to campus perspectives that are often underrepresented in the academy.