Monthly Archives: December 2013

two op-eds on civic engagement

I am on a winter vacation and not blogging, but two op-eds of mine have been published this week: “What [the] bipartisan budget agreement suggests for future of American democracy,” Fox News online, Dec. 20. Excerpts: High school students still … Continue reading

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wrapping up the year

(en route to Georgia for the holidays) As it says on the CIRCLE website: It has been a busy, productive, and satisfying year. In the past 12 months, we have released a groundbreaking major report, taken a leadership role in … Continue reading

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our study of state policies for civic engagement

Just published: “Policy Effects on Informed Political Engagement” by Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg and me. It is in American Behavioral Scientist and available online. (A print copy is coming soon.) Abstract: For this article, we tested whether and to what extent young … Continue reading

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Robert Pinsky, Impossible to Tell

Imagine a group of people taking turns making clever remarks, echoing and developing each others’ cues. To play the game well is to extend the discussion for another round in a pleasurable way. For instance, they might be middle-aged Jewish … Continue reading

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The Good Society symposium on Civic Studies

The new issue of The Good Society (vol. 22, no. 2) includes a symposium on The Summer Institute of Civic Studies at Tufts University. The symposium articles are free and open on JSTOR. They are: “The Summer Institute of Civic … Continue reading

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Jesus was a person of color

As everyone knows by now, Fox News host Megyn Kelly said last week, “Jesus was a white man, too. It’s like we have, he’s a historical figure. That’s a verifiable fact, as is Santa. I just want kids to know … Continue reading

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a technique for measuring the quality of deliberation

(Ann Arbor, MI) I’ve proposed that we can map an individual’s thinking about moral and political issues as a set of beliefs and connections. For instance, if a person says that she favors abortion rights because she is committed to … Continue reading

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on snark and smarm

(on a plane heading to Ann Arbor, MI) Tom Scocca’s article “On Smarm” is getting a lot of attention, including responses by Malcom Gladwell in the New Yorker and Ryan Kearney in The New Republic. Scocca argues that “snark” is … Continue reading

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tenured and tenure-track professors are worse teachers?

(Providence, RI) According to a new paper by David Figlio, Morton Schapiro, and Kevin Soter,* if you take a class with a non-tenure track (contingent) professor, you are more likely to choose to take another class in the same subject … Continue reading

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how to use empirical evidence

I’ve written a chapter for a forthcoming book edited by Harry Boyte (Democracy’s Education: A Symposium on Power, Public Work, and the Meaning of Citizenship, Vanderbilt University Press) in which I summarize evidence that colleges and universities can improve the … Continue reading

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