Monthly Archives: September 2006

Luban on torture

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0My 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 … Continue reading

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service and resume padding

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0We 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 … Continue reading

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pitching the vote

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Wonkette (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 … Continue reading

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torture: against honor and liberty

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In 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, … Continue reading

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being Pope means never having to say you’re sorry

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I 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 … Continue reading

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the many faces of Peter Levine

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0During 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, … Continue reading

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“Citizens at the Center”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Cindy 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 … Continue reading

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civil society versus the private sector

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(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 … Continue reading

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digital media and learning

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’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 … Continue reading

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a Civic Health Index

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Today’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 … Continue reading

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