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Writing for the Public/Writing for the Academy: Competing Goals with Uncertain Outcomes

Writing for the Public/Writing for the Academy: Competing Goals with Uncertain Outcomes University of California, Los Angeles WIllIam a. V. Clark Introduction I am extremely Pleased to speak at this special Presidential Session of the Pacific Coast Geographers meeting hosted by Jim Allen, this year's President of the APCG. Given his stellar record of published work that has had an important public impact, beginning with We the People (1988) and continuing with The Ethnic Quilt (1997) and Changing Faces, Changing Places (2002), he could as easily be making this presentation. He has consistently undertaken work that has attempted to reach out to a public readership, and like all of us who have attempted to go beyond our academic roots he has struggled with the problems of careful scientific work and making that work attractive to a wide audience. That public audience is often not interested in our arcane numbers and wants a big picture--a theme I will reprise later in this presentation. All writers want their work to be read and discussed and even to leave a permanent mark--something that lasts and is read beyond the moment and perhaps even outlasts our contemporary careers. But how often does this happen, how can we make it happen, and what is the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers University of Hawai'I Press

Writing for the Public/Writing for the Academy: Competing Goals with Uncertain Outcomes

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University of California, Los Angeles WIllIam a. V. Clark Introduction I am extremely Pleased to speak at this special Presidential Session of the Pacific Coast Geographers meeting hosted by Jim Allen, this year's President of the APCG. Given his stellar record of published work that has had an important public impact, beginning with We the People (1988) and continuing with The Ethnic Quilt (1997) and Changing Faces, Changing Places (2002), he could as easily be making this presentation. He has consistently undertaken work that has attempted to reach out to a public readership, and like all of us who have attempted to go beyond our academic roots he has struggled with the problems of careful scientific work and making that work attractive to a wide audience. That public audience is often not interested in our arcane numbers and wants a big picture--a theme I will reprise later in this presentation. All writers want their work to be read and discussed and even to leave a permanent mark--something that lasts and is read beyond the moment and perhaps even outlasts our contemporary careers. But how often does this happen, how can we make it happen, and what is the

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Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast GeographersUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 5, 2006

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