Monthly Archives: July 2013

doggerel by a dad

Facebook2 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 2“O aid me ere I err!” bade he. “Nay, nay, I’ll not,” said she. “I’ll aid ye not–you’re overwrought,” she sputtered in her tea. “Avail me, please, I’m on my knees,” Beseeched the lad, awailing. “Peace,” said … Continue reading

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a useful definition of civility

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13(Logan airport, trying to get to Chicago) Because I study civic engagement and civil society, people often expect me to favor civility. My actual view is more complicated; not only civil dialogue but also contentious speech is … Continue reading

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taking a break

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0For me, the last week has meant: the end of the Summer Institute of Civic Studies (6.5 hours of graduate-level teaching every day), the Frontiers of Democracy conference (150 excited guests at my institution), Albuquerque, a day … Continue reading

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police as community-builders

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0 (San Francisco) The short presentations from Frontiers 2013 are all available in video form here. As an enticing example, I present the police chief of Brooklyn Park, MN, Michael Davis. Brooklyn Park is one of the … Continue reading

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young people on the Zimmerman verdict

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5(Chicago) According to the latest Pew poll, a majority of young White people are dissatisfied with the Zimmerman verdict, in contrast to older White people, who approve. Nevertheless, just 32% of Whites between 18 and 29 think … Continue reading

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job openings in civic renewal

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10Here is an up-to-date list of interesting jobs related to civic engagement, civic education, and community organizing. (I post such lists periodically.) Program Administrator for CIRCLE’s National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement. NSLVE is an initiative … Continue reading

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what we should talk about? (notes on Trayvon Martin and the state of national dialogue)

Facebook24 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 24(Albuquerque, NM) After Newtown, President Obama “direct[ed] the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education to launch a National Dialogue on Mental Health.” This presidential directive led, in turn, to “community conversations,” including a big … Continue reading

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mass incarceration, the jury, and civic studies

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Alumni of the Summer Institute of Civic Studies have designed a series of discussions at Frontiers of Democracy about mass incarceration, juries, and citizenship. The discussants include Andrew Nurkin (Executive Director of Princeton AlumniCorps, Princeton), Peter Pihos … Continue reading

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remarks at the opening of Frontiers of Democracy 2013

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0 About 150 people are gathering at Tufts for Frontiers of Democracy 2013: Innovations in Civic Practice, Theory, and Education. In my introductory remarks (below the fold), I will explain how the conference draws together separate streams … Continue reading

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avoiding arbitrary command

Facebook1 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 1Philip Pettit and some others have been reviving the classical theory of republicanism as a theory that treats “domination” as the basic evil to be avoided. Domination often takes the form of arbitrary commands (“Do it because … Continue reading

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