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.

civility, humility, tolerance, empathy, or what?

Facebook0 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 1It sounds like a parody of a professor’s life, but I have actually attended conferences since 2016 on the themes of: 1) empathy and compassion, 2) civility, 3) responsiveness, and 4) tolerance. I missed an excellent-looking meeting … Continue reading

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what constitutes coordination?

Facebook14 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 16 [W]e addressed the factual question whether members of the Trump Campaign “coordinat[ed]”-a term that appears in the appointment order-with Russian election interference activities. Like collusion, “coordination” does not have a settled definition in federal criminal law. … Continue reading

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North Eastern Public Humanities Conference, April 26-7

Facebook3 Twitter4 Google+0Total: 7Register here. Some events have limited space. Friday, April 26: UMass Boston Campus Center, Alumni Lounge (all day) Friday, April 26: UMass Boston Campus Center, Alumni Lounge (all day) 9:00-9:30 Welcome, Coffee, Introductions 9:30-12:00 Pre-texts Workshop: Doris … Continue reading

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how much of a theory of justice do activists need? (a dialogue)

Facebook24 Twitter1 Google+1Total: 26Some students are on their way to occupy their university’s central administration building to demand a minimum wage of $17 for all employees. They are surprised to encounter the ghost of John Rawls (JR): JR: I see … Continue reading

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Notre-Dame is eminently restorable

Facebook25 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 27I’m sure others have made this point or are typing it this minute, but I will pile on … Notre-Dame de Paris is a stunning building but not a well-preserved medieval one. It has been through a … Continue reading

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Participatory Action Research as Civic Studies

Facebook29 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 30Thanks to the fabulous Tisch College postdoc Margaret McGladrey, we are holding a symposium on “Participatory Action Research as Civic Studies” today at Tufts, with 15 speakers. I’m planning to make a few remarks revolving around three … Continue reading

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a Civic Studies flowchart

Facebook42 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 43This is an agenda for research and education. It’s a way of organizing the major topics of our Introduction to Civic Studies course for undergraduates. It isn’t intended directly as a flowchart for civic actors (activists, leaders) … Continue reading

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should US kids learn they have a democracy?

Facebook44 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 45The New York Times’ Dana Goldstein reports a “bruising political fight” over Michigan’s social studies standards, in which one of the questions was whether to describe our government as a democracy or a “constitutional republic,” as some … Continue reading

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pay attention to movements, not just activists and events

Facebook36 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 37Let’s say you work in a school or college, a newsroom, a city government, or a firm. You may encounter a social movement when it makes demands on you. Regardless of your opinion of its demands, you … Continue reading

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identities, interests, and opinions

Facebook28 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 29In our Introduction to Civic Studies course, this is the zone we’re currently in: We all need some account of what would make a good–or at least a better–society. This idea can be provisional and open-ended; we … Continue reading

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