Monthly Archives: September 2006

Luban on torture

My friend and former colleague David Luban effectively summarized the torture issue and achieved a blogger’s trifecta. First, he posted a strong piece–bitterly funny yet substantive–on Balkinization. Then Slate reprinted it virtually verbatim. And finally, Senator Dodd cited it on … Continue reading

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service and resume padding

We know from Lew Friedland and Shauna Morimoto’s work (pdf) that many high school students believe they should volunteer in order to increase their chances of being admitted to college. Friedland and Morimoto note that this is even true of … Continue reading

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pitching the vote

Wonkette (not that I read her, or anything) thinks that this expensively produced ad will actually turn off young voters, because it’s corny and unrealistic. It shows voting to be a “pointless charade enjoyed by gullible old people.” I’m not … Continue reading

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torture: against honor and liberty

In the Hamdan decision, the Supreme Court said that torture was our responsibility. We couldn’t allow the president to decide secretly whether and when to obey the Geneva Convention. There would have to be a public law, passed by our … Continue reading

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being Pope means never having to say you’re sorry

I have now read the full text of Pope Benedict’s Sept. 12 lecture, a passage of which provoked global controversy and violence. I read it with an open mind and genuine interest, but it seems to me that the section … Continue reading

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the many faces of Peter Levine

During conference calls today, I idly searched for myself on Google Images. Here I am–at least, these are the search results for “Peter Levine.” You’re looking at a successful pop psychologist, the chairman of Lloyds of London, a cowboy singing … Continue reading

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“Citizens at the Center”

Cindy Gibson has published a White Paper, funded by the Case Foundation, entitled “Citizens at the Center: A New Approach to Civic Engagement.” It’s groundbreaking because it asks funders, policymakers, and others to look beyond individual acts of civic participation, … Continue reading

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civil society versus the private sector

(Newark, NJ): At Monday’s launch of America’s Civic Health Index, Bill Galston said that Katrina demonstrated a failure of government and political leadership, but also of civil society, because it displayed our inability (or unwillingness) to work together across differences. … Continue reading

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digital media and learning

I’m in Newark, New Jersey for a MacArthur Foundation conference on “Digital Media and Learning.” MacArthur is supporting a whole series of edited volumes on various aspects of this broad topic, including a book organized by Lance Bennett on digital … Continue reading

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a Civic Health Index

Today’s the day that the National Conference on Citizenship releases its new Civic Health Index and an accompanying report entitled Broken Engagement. My colleagues and I at CIRCLE analyzed the data for the Index–combining 40 different measures of civic participation–and … Continue reading

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