Author Archives: Peter

About Peter

Associate Dean for Research and the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University's Tisch College of Civic Life. Concerned about civic education, civic engagement, and democratic reform in the United States and elsewhere.

School and Society in the Age of Trump

Facebook10 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 11John Rogers and the research team of Michael Ishimoto, Alexander Kwako, Anthony Berryman, and Claudia Diera have produced a landmark study entitled “School and Society in the Age of Trump,” based on their survey of 505 high … Continue reading

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how to think about other people’s interests: Rawls, Buddhism, and empathy

Facebook17 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 18Last week, my colleague Erin Kelly and I taught excerpts from John Rawls’ Theory of Justice along with Emily McRae’s chapter, “Empathy, Compassion, and ‘Exchanging Self and Other’ in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism,” from the Routledge Handbook of Philosophy … Continue reading

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Civic Education: Is There Common Ground?

Facebook6 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 7 [The video just plays the introduction. Here is a link to all the separate talks.] This is the video from a panel at the American Federation of Teachers’ Albert Shanker Institute on Wednesday. The panelists are: … Continue reading

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conservatism as gratitude or humility?

Facebook6 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 8(DCA) Yuval Levin offers this definition (h/t Robert Pondiscio): To my mind, conservatism is gratitude. Conservatives tend to begin from gratitude for what is good and what works in our society and then strive to build on … Continue reading

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“Empathy” is a new word. Do we need it?

Facebook4 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 5According to the OED, “empathy” entered the English language in 1895 to mean “a physiological brain-function”–specifically, “a form of psychophysical energy” in the nervous system–that correlated with a feeling. This meaning is now obsolete, because the underlying … Continue reading

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tangled beauty

Facebook23 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 24Let us be glad for tangled things–   For soiled fingers raking thick-stemmed grass;     For matted fur on long, warm ears; Or child’s hair idly twisted in rings.   A thatch of ganglia fires in the brain’s wet … Continue reading

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a better approach to coalition politics

Facebook4 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 5Sometimes people view coalitions instrumentally and transactionally. You know what you believe, but unfortunately you don’t (yet) have enough support, or seats, or votes, or dollars to get what you want, so you must join with other … Continue reading

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will the Democrats keep talking to their young voters?

Facebook9 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 10According to CIRCLE’s latest analysis of its own survey data, young people who were contacted by candidates and parties in the 2018 election cycle were much more likely to vote. Some of this is probably selection-bias: campaigns … Continue reading

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approaching deadlines for summer opportunities at Tisch College

Facebook23 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 24March 31 is the application deadline for three opportunities: 1. The Summer Institute of Civic Studies The Summer Institute of Civic Studies is an intensive, selective, interdisciplinary seminar that brings together faculty, advanced graduate students, and practitioners … Continue reading

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the Historovox

Facebook9 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 10Corey Robin’s essay, “Why Has It Taken Us So Long to See Trump’s Weakness?,” is mainly interesting as an argument about trends in reporting. Robin criticizes a new genre of journalism that forgoes the pedestrian task of … Continue reading

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