Category Archives: academia

assessment criteria for participation in a seminar

Facebook48 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 48Thinking that I should be explicit about how I define good participation in a seminar that I’m teaching, I circulated these eight criteria: Being responsive to other students. (Responsiveness needn’t always be immediate, verbal, or occur within … Continue reading

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science, law, and microagressions

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0We live and work in settings that are diverse but unequal. Opportunities and outcomes can often be predicted on the basis of race/ethnicity, culture and religion, gender and sexual orientation, and class background. In these settings, we … Continue reading

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explore Tisch College

Facebook32 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 32(Washington, DC) Yesterday’s launch of a very attractive new website for the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life provides a reason to explore what we offer at Tisch. We provide advanced civic education for students in all … Continue reading

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college curricula for civic learning and engagement

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’d welcome recommendations of particularly promising undergraduate courses or programs that are intended to boost students’ civic knowledge, skills, and engagement. I’m especially interested in two approaches: 1) requiring a specific course with a civic focus for all students at a given institution, or 2) … Continue reading

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what gives some research methods legitimacy?

Facebook20 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 20I’m back from a meeting of people who practice and advocate mixed-methods research (research that integrates quantitative and qualitative data). They have identified barriers or biases against such work. Editors and reviewers tend to be either quantitative … Continue reading

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loyalty in intellectual work

Facebook18 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 18(Los Angeles) Academics and scholars most commonly relate to institutions, movements, or fields of practice by assessing them. They identify the underlying theory or rationale of a given practical effort and assess its plausibility and its consistency with principles of … Continue reading

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why do students sometimes lead social change?

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9(Cincinnati) At several critical points during the past century, college students have been at the vanguard of social change. Their agendas have not always been desirable; fascism, for example, had a student wing. But student activism is an important phenomenon. … Continue reading

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new project on the socio-emotional impact of civic engagement

Facebook20 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 20(New York City) People can gain satisfaction, empathy, purpose, insight, and a host of other socio-emotional or psycho-social benefits from taking part in civic life. Also, if they demonstrate psychological maturity or even excellence, it can help them to be responsible … Continue reading

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Talloires Conference: “Social Responsibility and Human Dignity in Higher Education Engagement”

Facebook3 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 4The Talloires Network Leaders Conference (TNLC) 2017 convenes 21-24 June 2017 at the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico. The conference will explore the theme, “Social Responsibility and Human Dignity in Higher Education Engagement.” Within this overarching theme, … Continue reading

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separating populism from anti-intellectualism

Facebook68 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 68I’m a populist, yet I advocate the life of the mind. I’d like to see less elitism (of certain kinds) along with more intense and widespread intellectual inquiry. Unfortunately, the most prominent varieties of populism today are … Continue reading

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