Category Archives: academia

What is the appropriate role for higher education at a time of social activism?

Facebook12 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 13(Posted in Madrid) In the current issue (and available free online) is my article entitled, “Another Time for Freedom? Lessons from the Civil Rights Era for Today’s Campuses,” Liberal Education, Winter 2019, Vol. 105, No. 1. This is the first … Continue reading

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college and mobility

Facebook14 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 15Xiang Zhou has published “Equalization or Selection? Reassessing the ‘Meritocratic Power’ of a College Degree in Intergenerational Income Mobility” in the American Sociological Review–also available here. Like all multivariate statistical models, it’s subject to criticism and should … Continue reading

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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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what the humanities contribute to interdisciplinary research projects

Facebook7 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 7Cases for Culture is an initiative that explores “a Hybrid Genre of Scholarship between STEM and the Humanities.” One of the cases on its website is an interdisciplinary study that I am part of. We are investigating the … Continue reading

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Election Imperatives: Ten Recommendations to Increase College Student Voting and Improve Political Learning and Engagement in Democracy

Facebook35 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 35I’m on vacation and not blogging, but I’m proud to help circulate a major new report from our Institute for Democracy & Higher Education entitled Election Imperatives. It recommends 10 strategies that colleges and universities should implement to … Continue reading

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the new Two Cultures

Facebook8 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 8In 1959, C.P. Snow thought he observed “two cultures” in universities and intellectual life. “At one pole we have the literary intellectuals, at the other scientists, and as the most representative, the physical scientists. Between the two … Continue reading

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the politics of student debt

Facebook31 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 31When Democratic political candidates are asked about “youth,” often the first issue that comes to their minds is college affordability. For example, when Hillary Clinton was asked during a Democratic primary debate about how she would reach … Continue reading

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new Civic Studies major at Tufts

Facebook294 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 294Yesterday, the Tufts Faculty of Arts & Sciences approved our proposal for a new major in Civic Studies, the first in the world. It will begin next fall, and I’ll co-teach the new introductory course with my … Continue reading

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differences in voting by major

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10My colleague Inger Bergom has a piece in The Conversation with Hyun Kyoung Ro entitled “Why don’t STEM majors vote as much as others?” They are analyzing data from the two million college students who are included in our National Study … Continue reading

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why study social justice?

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13I just finished teaching a philosophy course in which the primary question was “How should I live?” We spent some time reading and thinking about personal and internal questions, such as what constitutes happiness and truthfulness and … Continue reading

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