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Deliberative Democracy Consortium conference on whether deliberation is feasible

Facebook25 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 26From this official registration page: On October 30 and 31, the Deliberative Democracy Consortium is convening researchers, scholars, and deliberative democracy practitioners in Washington, D.C., to explore the intersection of deliberative democracy with human cognition, social and emotional … Continue reading

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revisiting Against Deliberation in the age of Trump

Facebook16 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 17In Introduction to Civic Studies, we recently discussed Lynn M. Sanders, “Against Deliberation,” Political Theory, June 1997 v.25 no. 3 Here are some illustrative arguments from her important piece: “Appeals to deliberation, I will argue, have often … Continue reading

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Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948 by Ramachandra Guha

Facebook9 Twitter1 Google+1Total: 11Guha’s biography is the essential work on Gandhi: much more detailed, better researched, and more persuasive than the earlier biographies that I know of. Volume Two, focusing on India, is 1,104 pages long but moves at a … Continue reading

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Event: The Role of Play in Human Evolution and Public Life: Work, or Play?

Facebook6 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 7Please join us for this month’s Ludics Seminar at Harvard’s Mahindra Center to explore the role of play in human evolution and public life. Details are below: Peter Gray, Boston College Peter Levine, Tufts University The Role … Continue reading

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why I am optimistic about the impeachment process

Facebook24 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 26I find myself less anxious than most friends and commentators. Here are my largely sanguine responses to several current concerns about the impeachment process: It’s a mistake to focus on one specific scandal. Congress should persuade the … Continue reading

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only in America!

Facebook57 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 58When informed that the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ireland, was Jewish, Yogi Berra exclaimed, “Only in America!” I was in the jury pool in Middlesex County, Mass. a couple of weeks ago. Of the dozen cases before … Continue reading

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community engagement and student success in college

Facebook9 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 10You can now get the recording and associated slides for the AAC&U webinar entitled “The Confounding Promise of Community: Why It Matters More Than Ever for Student Success.” I was a bit of an outlier because I … Continue reading

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for Irina

Facebook16 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 17Little Irina Antonovna, six,Took it upon herself to write to her aunt,Laboriously addressing it to:”Region of Petrograd, Max Heltz factory.”Why did she write this letter? Well, her father:Ten years in the camps for being a scholar,Dead by … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Warren in a tradition of radical American progressivism

Facebook22 Twitter1 Google+2Total: 25A lively and valuable debate is underway about whether Senator Sanders or Warren should carry the flag of the left. Considering that Sanders calls himself a “socialist,” and Warren says she’s pro-“market,” it’s worth thinking about what … Continue reading

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The National Commission on Civic Renewal, A Nation of Spectators

Facebook31 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 32In 1997, the National Commission on Civic Renewal published its report, A Nation of Spectators: How Civic Disengagement Weakens America and What We Can Do About It. The Commission was partly a response to Robert Putnam’s 1995 … Continue reading

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