Monthly Archives: March 2008

a strange journey

I had an invitation to attend a conference at Ditchley, a Georgian mansion in Oxfordshire, early last December. On my way to Dulles Airport, I learned that my father was in some danger; a cancer that we thought had been … Continue reading

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happiness over the course of life

Imagine two people who experience exactly the same amounts of happiness over the course of their whole lives. A experiences most of his happy times near the beginning, whereas B starts off miserable but ends in happiness.* We are inclined … Continue reading

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ignorance and apathy?

I’m having an email correspondence about whether Americans are politically ignorant and apathetic. Those are harsh and undiplomatic words, but they could be true. Are we apathetic? Voter turnout is low compared to other countries, around two thirds in presidential … Continue reading

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Case Foundation MIYO Award

I’ve been involved in this project for some time, so I am pleased to post the following announcement:

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the “general turn to ethics” in literary criticism

I need to revise my book manuscript about Dante, which is under consideration by a publishing house. In the book, I argue that interpreting literature has moral or ethical value. Literary critics, I claim, almost always take implicit positions about … Continue reading

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Woolf’s Orlando

I picked up and read Virginia Woolf’s Orlando over the weekend. Generally not my cup of tea–I could do without the coy inside jokes and the motif of “barbarian” Africa, which begins on p. 1 and runs throughout. However, I … Continue reading

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tips for student interviewers

Students often seem to be required now to interview “experts” as sources for their term papers. For whatever reason, I get several interview requests each week from students who are not enrolled at my university. I am generally inclined to … Continue reading

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part of the problem

I generally don’t like to quote at length from prominent blogs, but I can’t improve on this reaction by Jay Rosen: I was watching CNN for Obama’s speech. Moments after it concluded Wolf Blitzer was asked to tell us what … Continue reading

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guest blogger: Doyle Stevick

Doyle Stevick is an education professor at the University of South Carolina. Here is his contribution to the CANDE newsletter. (My contribution was yesterday’s post.) The assignment, again, is to describe an ideal civics class, without worrying about what might … Continue reading

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civic education without constraints

I have been asked to write a short article about my ideal version of democratic education. This is an opportunity to ignore the usual constraints: time, money, and political pressures. The venue for my article will be the CANDE newsletter.* … Continue reading

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