Jeffrey C. Goldfarb is the Michael E. Gellert Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research, and the founding editor of Public Seminar. He is the author of dozens of articles and eight books, including Civility and Subversion: the Intellectual in Democratic Society (Cambridge University Press, 1998), which provides the theoretical guidelines for the practices of Public Seminar. He has studied, historically and comparatively, the conditions and consequences of free public life, with special focus on Central Europe and North America. In recent years he has been studying this problem in Israel – Palestine. He is also working on a book project with Iddo Tavory on “the social condition,” and working together with Daniel Dayan on a dialogue on media, publics and intellectuals. He is committed to linking his theoretical endeavors to practical action in supporting free public life. For his public and intellectual work in Central Europe, Goldfarb was awarded the Solidarity Medal from the Polish government, presented by former President Lech Walesa.