Florida Atlantic U. Seeks to Mold a Different Kind of Public Intellectual

But critics wonder whether the new Ph.D. is heavy on hype and light on substance

Starting a Ph.D. program for public intellectuals is a little like hanging a target on your back during hunting season. So it should come as no surprise that Florida Atlantic University has fielded its share of potshots since it opened its doors this fall to its first class of aspiring savants, 23 students who want to learn about the burning issues of the day in the hope of solving them.

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