Monthly Archives: October 2013

music and civic engagement (an analysis of private and public goods with intrinsic value)

A colleague recently suggested an analogy between music and civic engagement, emphasizing that both have been transformed by technological/economic changes, and there is no going back to the old days. We used to get music from recording companies and participate … Continue reading

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Jan Schaffer on the death and rebirth of journalism

(near Tarrytown, NY) If you want to know the latest development in journalism that relate to civic engagement and democracy, Jan Schaffer from the J-Lab is the person to ask. Here (shared with her permission) is her PowerPoint presentation entitled … Continue reading

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the death of an ancient commons?

(Near Tarrytown, NY) The huertas of Valencia, Spain, represent a magnificent example of human cooperation, but I am told they are now doomed. The reasons are endemic to modernity and require serious consideration. Water is a scarce resource, essential for … Continue reading

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notes on Seamus Heaney’s Singing School

(en route to Tarrytown, NY) The son of a Catholic farmer in Ulster, with an education and an extraordinary gift for language, Seamus Heaney knew oppression and he knew art. Oppression came in many forms and layers–the Unionists and British … Continue reading

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talking about talking about controversial issues, on talk radio

This is the audio of my conversation yesterday with John Gambling, a self-described moderate conservative radio host on WOR in New York City. Gambling is concerned about civic education in schools, by which he primarily means teaching students to understand … Continue reading

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Making Participation Legal

This is pretty much how “public participation” looks when it takes the form of a meeting with officials at the head of the table defending their policies, and their fellow citizens lining up to speak: The “Parks and Recreaton” satire … Continue reading

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radio discussions of We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For

These are scheduled radio interviews on my new book: Thursday, October 24, 2013, 6:40 – 6:50AM New York City live interview on the “John Gambling Show,” WOR-AM Friday, October 25, 2013, 9:00 – 10:00AM Hartford, CT live interview with call-ins … Continue reading

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epistemic network analysis and morality: applying David Williamson Shaffer’s methods to ethics

David Williamson Shaffer and his colleagues are developing an influential approach to education and assessment that relies on the notion of “Epistemic Network Analysis.” They posit that a “profession or other socially valued practice” (e.g., engineering) has an “epistemic frame” … Continue reading

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the scholar and his dog

Twelve centuries ago by a long Swiss lake, Pangur Bán hunted and an Irish monk looked. The monk strained for sense from knotty old books; His Celtic cat stared at the rustling rocks. The cat was sharper and more often … Continue reading

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civic education as the long-term solution to poor governance

During the shutdown, Trey Grayson (former Secretary of State, R-Kentucky and current director of Harvard’s Institute of Politics) and I published a piece on civic education in The Hill, the newspaper for Congress and people who work around it. We … Continue reading

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