Monthly Archives: April 2012

Frontiers of Democracy II

July 19 (5pm)-July 21 (1 pm), at the Tufts University School of Medicine, 145 Harrison Ave., Boston MA Register here¬† (Space is limited) Both in the US and around the world we find ourselves in a dramatic period of civic … Continue reading

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advocating voter modernization to a FOX News audience

In lieu of a substantive blog post today, here’s a link to my op-ed on, “Why the GOP’s future could depend on Romney’s ability to connect with young people.” I float an argument for modernizing the voting system that … Continue reading

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organizing is renewable energy

I teach a four-class module on why people move in and out of urban neighborhoods. This as an opportunity to think about social change: good and bad, accidental and deliberate. First, we consider uncoordinated movement: what happens when individuals or … Continue reading

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I love my life because of the variety

Here’s a snapshot: today’s agenda. 6:30 am Finishing up a lit review on voting laws’ impact for a scholarly meeting in May 8:30 am Editing CIRCLE blog post and draft op-ed 9:00 am Deliberating about candidates for two CIRCLE jobs … Continue reading

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civic health in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Alabama

Today, our colleagues at the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) announced reports on the civic health of Alabama, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. CIRCLE does most of the number-crunching for these reports. We deliver factual information to state-based teams that add their … Continue reading

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a snapshot of Millennials

A new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University offers some intriguing findings about Millennials (defined in this instance as ages 18-24). Self-image as a generation: Asked … Continue reading

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why the Jews left Boston, why the Catholics stayed, and what that teaches us about organizing

Gerald Gamm begins his book, Urban Exodus: Why the Jews Left Boston and the Catholics Stayed with a poignant vignette. The former Congregation Mishkan Tefila, once a handsome and dignified building, is now abandoned, surrounded by weeds, the interior gutted, … Continue reading

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lobbying for civic opportunities for youth

I spent an interesting day in DC on Wednesday, visiting a Department of Education official, a White House staffer, and two Senate staffers to talk about civic education in schools and (more broadly) about how to engage young people constructively … Continue reading

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why do we feel compelled to argue from decline?

When we want to argue¬†for something, we often feel we must assert that the thing we value has declined, eroded, or worsened of late. For example: If you ask Americans about teenagers, they are quick to lament the decline of … Continue reading

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the state of the classics in 2050

(Washington, DC) In a fairly recent New York Review of Books essay, Mary Beard asks, “Do the Classics have a Future?” Borrowing a bit from her piece, I predict that the study of Greek and Latin will remain vital in … Continue reading

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