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.

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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a civic approach to free speech

Facebook13 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 14I argued in a recent post that libertarians, social democrats, American liberals, and most US Constitutional scholars share a sharp distinction between the state and the private sector–but this distinction does not reflect our actual experience of … Continue reading

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what is Civic Science?

Facebook46 Twitter3 Google+0Total: 49At Tisch College, we have a Civic Science initiative, which has roots in an NSF-funded effort under the same name. Here is my own personal working definition of “Civic Science.” The word “science” in this phrase is … Continue reading

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when the lotus bloomed

Facebook26 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 27I was so distracted, tense, and busy That I missed the lotus bloom. Though preoccupied and hasty I sensed something in the room— Caught that subtle scent of longing, That mute yearning to be still— But I … Continue reading

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youth turnout rose more than others’ turnout in 2018

Facebook34 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 35(UCLA) On Feb. 11, Martin Wattenberg posted a Washington Post Monkey Cage article that received the headline, “In 2018, the turnout gap between young and old people didn’t really shrink at all.” He wrote, The Center for … Continue reading

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the Parkland movement and the 2018 youth vote

Facebook14 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 15According to my colleagues at CIRCLE (based on their own original survey), Almost two-thirds (64%) of youth said they had paid ‘some’ or ‘a lot’ of attention to news about the Parkland shooting. Young people who said … Continue reading

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Habermas, illustrated

Facebook13 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 14I’ve categorized a bunch of recent tweets by putting them in Jürgen Habermas’ three buckets: In the first column, the tweets are literally legible–I can read them–but I don’t know much about their significance. That is because they … Continue reading

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podcast interview with Mark Bauerlein

Facebook12 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 12 Mark Bauerlein of Emory University interviewed me for First Things, and this is the result. We ranged from youth voter turnout to civic education, from Jane Addams and Emerson to Seamus Heaney. I enjoyed it and … Continue reading

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avoiding a sharp distinction between the state and the private sphere

Facebook11 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 12Several political theories and ideologies are invested in distinguishing the state from the private sector (which may encompass the market, families and civil society): For libertarians, the state bears the badge of original sin because it alone … Continue reading

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on playing hardball with the shutdown

Facebook3 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 4On the one hand … The recent shutdown and the threat of a second one result from the Democrats’ choices as well as Donald Trump’s. Nancy Pelosi could reflect that she previously supported legislation that expanded walls … Continue reading

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