Monthly Archives: February 2010

university-community partnerships for research

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Tufts President Larry Bacow holds an annual symposium for Tufts faculty, students, and staff and various nonprofit leaders, government officials, and residents of the communities in which we work (Somerville and Medford, Massachusetts, plus Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood). … Continue reading

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idea for a moral philosophy survey

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I suspect that people make moral judgments based on a mix of principles, rules, virtues, moral exemplars, and stories. My own philosophical position is that these factors are on a single plane. Principles need not underlie stories, … Continue reading

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going deeper on gay marriage

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0At a meeting last week, we discussed whether gay marriage makes a good topic for discussion in a philosophy or civics course at the high school or college level. Some participants argued that there are no good … Continue reading

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complaint choirs

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0According to the folks at complaintchoir.org, In the Finnish vocabulary there is an expression “Valituskuoro”. It means “Complaints Choir” and it is used to describe situations where a lot of people are complaining simultaneously. [Talervo] Kalleinen and … Continue reading

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stop problematizing–say something

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In the humanities today, a pervasive rhetorical style is to raise questions or “problematize.” A humanist will describe his or her work as “putting into question” technology, or marriage, or Jane Austen. I think this style is … Continue reading

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on the road

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0We are leaving today for Madrid and Toledo, Spain. That’s pure vacation. Next Thursday, I will be in Chicago and Madison, Wisconsin, for a mix of business and fun. I am looking forward to a rest from … Continue reading

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be true to your school

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I spent this morning at a training/discussion for administrators at Tufts. One topic was the need to strengthen collaborations within our university, especially ones that combine several departments or schools. Collaboration has evident value, whether for research, … Continue reading

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Super Bowl Sunday at the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Half an hour before the concert starts, I watch the audience file in. The average age is well above seventy; the husbands look slight and bleached beside their wives. A few grandchildren wearing bows and shiny shoes … Continue reading

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upcoming talks

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Please consider marking your calendars for the following: “From Freedom Summer to Teach for America: Understanding the Impact of Youth Activism” A conversation with Tisch Civic Engagement Research Prize winner Professor Doug McAdam (and me). March 17, … Continue reading

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in defense of Isaiah Berlin

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Isaiah Berlin’s letters from the years 1946-1960 have been published, and A.N. Wilson reads them as the record of a man who was smoothly diplomatic and glitteringly successful in public, but malicious behind people’s backs and never … Continue reading

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