Monthly Archives: November 2013

lowering the voting age to 17

(New York City) One of the recommendations of our major recent report, “All Together Now: Collaboration and Innovation for Youth Engagement,” is to experiment with lowering the voting age to 17 in local and state elections. Voting for the first … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

the aspiration curve from youth to old age

This is a interesting pair of graphs produced by an economist named Hannes Schwandt. Graph A shows people’s reported life satisfaction at each age (the square dots) and their expectations for how satisfied they will be five years later (open … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Center for Public Integrity

(St Louis) The traditional model of paying reporters by selling subscriptions and advertisements is broken. John W. Henry paid $70 million for the Boston Globe and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, less than the $110 million he pays Justin Pedroia … Continue reading

Posted in press criticism | Leave a comment

putting action in the state standards

I am in St. Louis for the big annual gathering of social studies teachers, the National Council for the Social Studies conference. Last fall, the NCSS released a new voluntary framework for state standards entitled College, Career, and Civic Life … Continue reading

Posted in advocating civic education | 1 Comment

the new information technologies empower whom?

(Frederick, MD) Within the past week, I have read two good manuscript chapters about the Dreamers and how they have used social media to change the public debate about naturalization and citizenship rights–even though they are young, not rich, and … Continue reading

Posted in Internet and public issues | Leave a comment

who is oppressed? a question for researchers

Let’s say you want to conduct research in a way that is “anti-oppressive.” Certain techniques and emphases will seem valuable. But a preliminary question arises: Who is oppressed? And that raises the deeper question: What is oppression? In an article … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

upcoming public talks

11/20, 4pm, Hood College in Frederick, MD: book talk on We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For 11/21, 9:30-10:45 am, Washington, DC: panel at the National Communication Association Conference on “Rethinking Foundations of Youth Engagement: Challenges and Possibilities … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

what are the humanities? (basic points for non-humanists)

(Indianapolis) I am here for a meeting about the public purposes and social impact of the humanities. All the participants will be sophisticated about the humanities as practiced inside and beyond universities. But often I participate in conversations about the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Civic Studies mini-conference

Soon after the volume entitled Civic Studies is published, a daylong discussion of the same topic will take place at the Southern Political Science Association meeting (January 10 in New Orleans). As Karol Soltan and I write in the volume, … Continue reading

Posted in civic theory | Leave a comment

radio interviews talking about my book

Here are six radio or podcast discussions on my book, We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For. Most are call-in shows: This is the audio of me and John Dankosky talking about my book on “Where We Live” … Continue reading

Posted in audio and video, Uncategorized | Leave a comment