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on baseball as an analogy for civics

Facebook7 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 8(DCA) Yesterday at the “Future of Civics” event presented by The Atlantic and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University, I got to hear Paul Finkelman present the same argument he had made recently … Continue reading

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the Oberlin cultural appropriation controversy, revisited

Facebook17 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 18(Washington, DC) In 2016, I began a blog post: The Oberlin College Cultural Appropriation Controversy is almost certainly getting more attention than it deserves because it reinforces critiques of political correctness in higher education. Nevertheless, it provides an interesting … Continue reading

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the New Institutionalism, deliberative democracy, and the rise of the New Right

Facebook19 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 20In public debates about issues and problems, we typically consider institutions in two ways. On the one hand, we discuss their explicit purposes and missions, as reflected in the laws that create and govern them or (if … Continue reading

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NEH and Department of Education award $650,000 to Educating for American Democracy, a collaborative project to create a roadmap for excellence in civic education

Facebook143 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 144Led by iCivics, Arizona State University, Harvard University, and Tufts University, the effort will bring together more than 100 experts in civics, history, education, and political science to outline a strategy for teaching American Democracy in the … Continue reading

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we are lucky with our right-wing authoritarian

Facebook32 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 33(Washington, DC) At today’s Deliberative Democracy Consortium’s Research & Practice Meeting on “Deliberative Democracy and Human Cognition,” Shawn W. Rosenberg made a point that I have often considered but never expressed. Here is the background to the … Continue reading

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work and play and civic life

Facebook8 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 9(My notes for a talk this evening at a Ludics Seminar at Harvard’s Mahindra Center on “The Role of Play in Human Evolution and Public Life: Work, or Play?”) It is very common to distinguish politics or civic life from … Continue reading

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gratitude

Facebook59 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 60(Provo, UT) I am at Brigham Young University, discussing civic engagement with insightful faculty and students, against a background of cold, clear mountains. Within the past two weeks, I have had somewhat similar conversations inside the classroom … Continue reading

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MassForward event: Advancing Democratic Innovation and Electoral Reform in Massachusetts

Facebook4 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 5Please Join MassForward for “Advancing Democratic Innovation and Electoral Reform in Massachusetts” (Register Here) Wednesday, November 13, 2019 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Continental breakfast will be available at 8:00 a.m. The Edgerley Center for Civic Leadership at … Continue reading

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The Role of Social Movements in Fostering Sounder Public Judgment

Facebook28 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 30Public Agenda has released the first papers in their series on “Sounder Public Judgment.” Among them is my paper on “The Role of Social Movements in Fostering Sounder Public Judgment.” It’s a short essay but it has … Continue reading

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teaching about institutions, in a prison

Facebook17 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 18The Tufts University Prison Initiative of the Tisch College of Civic Life (TUPIT) is my institution’s contribution to the national movement for prison education. Colleges and universities are offering classes, degree programs, and special events for people in prisons … Continue reading

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