Craig Calhoun has served as the president of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) since 1999. He also holds the title of University Professor of the Social Sciences at New York University and is the founding director of NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge.
Take a look at this blog post from Craig Calhoun, wherein he addresses remaking public institutions and the public good. What was so important about public life? Why should we care about the idea of revitalizing the idea of the public good now? And what does it have to do with the Obama stimulus plan?