Monthly Archives: September 2016

the world’s first and only Civic Studies rap

Facebook33 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 33(Washington) And now for something different … My colleague Prof. Jonathan Garlick was a participant in last summer’s Institute of Civic Studies at Tufts’ Tisch College of Civic Life. After two weeks of wrestling with theorists like Jurgen … Continue reading

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the grammar of the four Noble Truths

Facebook6 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 6We’re reading about Buddhist ethics in my Introduction to Philosophy course, and the Four Noble Truths are our focus. Here is how the first Truth is presented in the Sermon at Benares (attributed to the Buddha himself): “Now, this, O bhikkhus [monks], is … Continue reading

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help shape the strategy for civic renewal in America

Facebook62 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 62The 2016 Annual Conference on Citizenship is co-hosted and co-planned by my colleagues and me at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University and will specifically focus on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in civic life. … Continue reading

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what people mean when they say that Trump or Clinton is honest

Facebook31 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 31It flabbergasts many people to learn that more Americans view Trump rather than Clinton as “honest and trustworthy” (35% versus 33%), even though we can read in The New York Times, “A Week of Whoppers from Donald Trump”; in The Washington … Continue reading

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A New Model for Citizen Engagement

Facebook46 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 46Myung J. Lee, the executive director of Cities of Service, and I have an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review that is free to read or download until November 17. We define citizen engagement as a combination of … Continue reading

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first year college students and moral relativism

Facebook12 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 12Justin McBrayer, a philosophy professor, wrote not long ago in The New York Times, “philosophy professors with whom I have spoken suggest that the overwhelming majority of college freshmen in their classrooms view moral claims as mere … Continue reading

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CIRCLE identifies top 50 congressional districts for the youth vote

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5Medford/Somerville, MA – Will the youth vote help shape the next Congress? A new index ranks the top 50 districts where young people could have a significant influence on the outcome of Congressional races across the country. … Continue reading

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social justice should not be a cliché

Facebook22 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 22We should strive for social justice. But what is it? I fear that the phrase can be used to mean: “All the things that we’d like to see in a society.” In that case, anyone who doesn’t commit to … Continue reading

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three ways of thinking about fluctuations in polls

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10With the national presidential polls suddenly looking very tight, here are three ways of looking at the state of the election. An election is like a race. As in a race, the contenders stand in some relation to each … Continue reading

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how schools teach about political parties

Facebook19 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 19According to a new paper released today by CIRCLE: Forty-three states require students to learn about political parties; however, the language in the standards nearly always promotes a simplistic understanding of the role that political parties play … Continue reading

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