Monthly Archives: May 2008

evaluating community projects

(At Fordham in New York City for the day) Here is a further reflection on the “Tenure Report” from Imagining America, which I summarized on Wednesday. I think if I were involved in campus politics or administration, I might advocate … Continue reading

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“the buzzy philosophy element”

I’m spending occasional moments cleaning out my office after 15 years. It’s an excavation into the forgotten past. For example, I had no recollection of this letter from a British editor. The subject is Something to Hide, my novel that … Continue reading

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tenure, promotion, and civic engagement

“Scholarship in Public” (pdf) is a very important new paper published by Imagining America on behalf of a strong group called the Tenure Team that includes the historian Thomas Bender, Dean Nicholas Lemann of the Columbia Journalism School, several college … Continue reading

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my favorite book

I first read Middlemarch when I was 17. It was assigned in the Telluride Association Summer Program at Cornell, and I think I loved it because it was the first time that I had read any book in a seminar, … Continue reading

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the big story about developing countries’ debt

The Washington Post ran a story on Saturday about the declining significance of the International Monetary Fund. The lead was a decision by Ghana to reject loan conditions proposed by the IMF. Ghana could negotiate from strength because it has … Continue reading

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parents’ perspective

Click here if you’d like to listen to me being interviewed by Sandra Bert and Linda Perlis for their syndicated radio show, Parents’ Perspective. I’m talking about my book The Future of Democracy, which is about raising active citizens, and … Continue reading

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on leaving DC

We’re getting ready to move CIRCLE to Tufts University on July 1 (as previously announced), and that means a move for my family as well. I’ve lived in DC since 1992; my wife, somewhat longer. I’m not sure that I … Continue reading

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explaining a lack of principle

Recently, and by coincidence, I have twice heard Mickey Edwards talk about his new book, Reclaiming Conservatism: How a Great American Political Movement Got Lost–And How It Can Find Its Way Back. Edwards was a member of Congress for 16 … Continue reading

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why join a cause?

I have been involved in a lot of causes–mostly rather modest or marginal affairs, but ones that have mattered to me: public journalism, campaign finance reform, deliberative democracy, civilian national service, civic education, media reform, and service-learning, among others. The … Continue reading

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rule of law in an emirate

Here is a sophisticated and attractive website that explains the concept of “rule of law” to Qataris, especially high school students in Qatar’s schools. The sponsors include the US Department of State and the American Bar Association’s Division for Public … Continue reading

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