Public Intellectual: The Life of a Citizen Pilgrim

Public Intellectual: The Life of a Citizen Pilgrim

by Richard Falk
Public Intellectual: The Life of a Citizen Pilgrim

Public Intellectual: The Life of a Citizen Pilgrim

by Richard Falk


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“Richard Falk recounts a life well spent trying to bend the arc of international law toward global justice. A Don Quixote tilting nobly at real dragons. His culminating vision of a better or even livable future—a 'necessary utopia'—evokes with current urgency the slogan of Paris, May 1968: 'Be realistic: demand the impossible.'”DANIEL ELLSBERG

This political memoir reveals how Richard Falk became prominent in America and internationally as both a public intellectual and citizen pilgrim.

Falk built a life of progressive commitment, highlighted by visits to North Vietnam where he met PM Pham Von Dong, to Iran during the Islamic Revolution after meeting Khomeini in Paris, to South Africa where he met with Nelson Mandela at the height of the struggle against apartheid, and frequently to Palestine and Israel. His memoir is studded with encounters with well-known public figures in law, academia, political activism and even Hollywood. Falk mentored the thesis of Robert Mueller, taught David Petraeus.

His publications and activism describe various encounters with embedded American militarism, especially as expressed by governmental resistance to responsible efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons, and his United Nations efforts on behalf of the rights of the Palestinian people.

In 2010 he was named Outstanding Public Scholar in Political Economy by the International Studies Association. He has been nominated annually for the Nobel Peace Prize since 2009.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781949762327
Publisher: Clarity Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/2021
Pages: 474
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Richard Falk is a leading international law professor, prominent activist, prolific author, and a pioneer thinker dedicated to peace and justice. During forty years at Princeton University Falk was active in seeking an end to the Vietnam War, a better understanding of Iran, a just solution for Israel/Palestine, and improved democracy elsewhere. He also served as UN Special Rapporteur for Occupied Palestine. His books include This Endangered Planet, A Study of Future Worlds,; Power Shift, Revisiting the Vietnam War, Palestine Horizon, and On Nuclearism.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii

Part 1 Beginnings 1

1 A Reluctant Chronicler 3

2 Childhood Revisited 7

Part 2 Within the Academy 39

3 Collapse and Recovery at Penn 41

4 Growing at Yale Law School 53

Part 3 Professional Life 69

5 Awakenings at OSU 71

6 Experiencing Harvard 90

7 Returning to Ohio State 103

8 Princeton for 40 Years 111

9 Life: Students, Careers, Service 142

10 Santa Barbara/UCSB 164

Part 4 Engaging the World: Citizenship, Witnessing, Activism 183

11 America's Bloody Footprint in Vietnam: Descending from the Ivory Tower 185

12 Repatriating Three American Pilots 220

13 Iran Erupts 241

14 Establishing a Jewish State in Palestine 284

15 The Turkish Enigma 327

Part 5 Explorations of a Citizen Pilgrim 371

16 Engaging the World Intellectually: Fears, Desires, Hopes 375

17 Transformative Proposals 406

Part 6 Quixotic or Prophetic: Seeking Light 429

18 The Citizen Pilgrim as a Public Intellectual 435

19 Personal Hotspots: A Credo 445

Index 456

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