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syllabus of Introduction to Civic Studies, spring 2019

Facebook24 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 25I am about to start teaching Intro to Civic Studies with my colleague Erin Kelly. Here is our syllabus, minus the grading rules, office hours, etc. January 17: Introduction: A case from the Pluralism project to spur discussion … Continue reading

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unveiling a systems map for k-12 civic education

Facebook29 Twitter2 Google+1Total: 32?? This is a systems map for k-12 civic education, developed for the CivXNow coalition and intended to guide the coalition and its members and allies. You can explore it here and also drill down to a more … Continue reading

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an expert class and the grassroots

Facebook36 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 37(Menlo Park, CA) Here I am at Facebook, posting on Facebook. I’m with about 160 other people, and we’re having a valuable conversation about how to measure and assess civic education. (The space is leant to us … Continue reading

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was Aristotle right about what we must know to be good citizens?

Facebook12 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 13Let’s posit that a good citizen should be able to a) form ideas about what would improve her community or society, b) understand how decisions about such matters are actually made and who has power to make … Continue reading

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this blog turns 16

Facebook14 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 15I posted a first blog on January 8, 2003. For more than a decade, I was an obsessive blogger, posting once every single work day. Sometimes, while traveling, I would go to serious lengths to get online … Continue reading

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architecture of the 2010s

Facebook9 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 10These are brand-new or planned buildings within walking distance of our home in Cambridge, MA. I see this kind of design all over Boston and have also noticed it as far away as Kyiv. The typical urban … Continue reading

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a template for analyzing an institution

Facebook50 Twitter1 Google+1Total: 52If you want to analyze an institution–whether it’s the local police department, marriage, or Facebook–an excellent guide is the Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) Framework developed by Elinor Ostrom and colleagues, which is an encapsulation of the … Continue reading

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when political movements resemble religions

Facebook23 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 25In The Atlantic, John McWhorter suggests analogies between current movements against racism and religious revivals: Third-wave antiracism is a profoundly religious movement in everything but terminology. The idea that whites are permanently stained by their white privilege, … Continue reading

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Habermas with a Whiff of Tear Gas: Nonviolent Campaigns and Deliberation in an Era of Authoritarianism

Facebook30 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 30Just published: Levine, Peter (2018) “Habermas with a Whiff of Tear Gas: Nonviolent Campaigns and Deliberation in an Era of Authoritarianism,” Journal of Public Deliberation: Vol. 14 : Iss. 2 , Article 4.  Abstract: Authoritarianism is gaining around … Continue reading

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you can go home again

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9(Syracuse, NY) I’m in the city where I was born and raised but haven’t resided in 33 years.  One result of this kind of visit is to make the intervening years fold away like a picture book … Continue reading

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