Monthly Archives: February 2012

Florida Gulf Coast University sets a standard for service

Facebook7 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 7One of the winners of the 2011 Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards from the Washington Center for Internships was Florida Gulf Coast University. I served on the selection committee and recently had occasion to reread FGCU’s proposal. … Continue reading

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a media reform primer

Facebook1 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 1(This post is intended to complement previous “primers” on government reform, community economic development and relational community organizing. In each case, the underlying values are deliberation, collaboration, equality, and inclusion.) In a community of any size, people … Continue reading

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Santorum’s youth problem

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In lieu of a substantive blog post here today, I have an op-ed on the conservative Daily Caller website in which I argue that Rick Santorum has performed consistently poorly among young voters–including young Republicans–and that nominating … Continue reading

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going on vacation

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0We will be in California until Feb. 27. I will be treating my Internet addiction and cacoethes scribendi by not blogging during that time.

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fourth annual Summer Institute of Civic Studies

Facebook1 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 1The fourth annual Summer Institute of Civic Studies will be an intensive, two-week, interdisciplinary seminar at Tisch College, Tufts University. It will bring together advanced graduate students, faculty, and practitioners from diverse fields of study for challenging … Continue reading

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the DC One City Summit

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5As a former long-time resident of Washington, DC and a current member of the AmericaSPEAKS board, I’m pleased to read that 1,700 DC citizens recently spent seven hours in the Convention Center, deliberating about big strategic questions … Continue reading

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the Age of Innocence and the age of reform

Facebook2 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 2The Age of Innocence seems to be a love triangle, a romance between a married man and someone not his wife, much like The Scarlet Letter, Madame Bovary, Anna Karenina, or Lady Chaterley’s Lover. We are used … Continue reading

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new book on the way

Facebook4 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 4Today I signed a contract with Oxford University Press for a new book, tentatively entitled We are the Ones We Have Been Waiting for: The Philosophy and Practice of Civic Renewal.* The manuscript still needs some revision … Continue reading

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Arne Duncan’s nine commitments on civic education

Facebook3 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 3Here are the nine steps that the US Department of Education recently pledged to take to advance civic education in America. Each of these is spelled out in somewhat more detail in this PDF. 1. “Convene and … Continue reading

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public work in Massachusetts (and the nation)

Facebook1 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 1Our colleagues at Harvard’s Institute of Politics and the National Conference on Citizenship recently released a report on the civic health of Massachusetts. My organization, CIRCLE, did much of the underlying statistical analysis, although the Harvard team … Continue reading

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