Monthly Archives: May 2010

debating civic environmentalism

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Yesterday, I helped to lead a kind of seminar for Tufts faculty at TELI, the Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute. We assigned chapter 9 of Mark Sagoff’s Price, Principle, and the Environment, which is entitled “The View from … Continue reading

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where is the public on climate change?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Our views of our fellow citizens tend to oscillate. If we’re upset about something, we pessimistically assume that most people are stuck on the other side, or else we optimistically want to change their opinions with skillful … Continue reading

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naive and sentimental art

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0These are two works of European Gothic architecture that epitomize the charm of the middle ages. Bonafatius Bridge, Bruges Chimères on the roof of Notre Dame de Paris The Chimères were made and placed on Notre Dame … Continue reading

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young voters in Kentucky

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Two belated notes about the Kentucky Senate primary from someone who studies youth voting. First, Rand Paul did well among young Republican voters. They were his strongest constituency, backing him by 61%-19%. His second-strongest constituency was the … Continue reading

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three Europes

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 01. A steep and crooked alley, armspan’s width, cobbled; a tiny car squeezed between walls of stone or stucco that are studded with iron grilles, draping flowerpots, drying towels, and sleeping cats. 2. A soccer field reached … Continue reading

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Heathrow after a red-eye

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Like fat roaches stopped When the kitchen light flicks on Jets on the tarmac

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rethinking the humanities

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Lisbon, Portugal) I am here for a conference on the humanities. A major question was whether they are “in crisis”–because of falling budgets and enrollments, or deep epistemological and cultural discontents, or technology and pop culture, or … Continue reading

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in London

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I am on a long journey: Boston -> Washington -> Boston -> London -> Lisbon, all within 48 hours. I had a layover at Heathrow that was long enough to allow me a quick trip to Paddington … Continue reading

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Brad Rourke’s PACE paper on the executive branch and civic engagement

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Washington, DC) In March, courtesy of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE), I was able to meet with White House staff to discuss strategies for public engagement and civic renewal. The meeting was informed by a fine … Continue reading

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Zadie Smith, White Teeth

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0“Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and they are two different histories.” Zadie Smith finished her first book, White Teeth, while she was an undergraduate. It’s much more than a prodigy’s tour de force; I think … Continue reading

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