Monthly Archives: April 2017

A new resource from CIRCLE: Reaching All Youth Strengthens Engagement (RAYSE)

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13(San Antonio) My CIRCLE colleagues have produced a user-friendly online tool called Reaching All Youth Strengthens Engagement (RAYSE). It provides information about youth voters (and potential voters) in every county of the US. It’s meant to help … Continue reading

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the impact of post 9/11 war on our politics

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5(San Antonio, TX) Any effort to understand the current political situation must take seriously the fact that we have been war since 2001. Although it’s problematic to assess wars as won or lost, that’s a hard framework … Continue reading

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agenda for Frontiers of Democracy

Facebook29 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 29Frontiers of Democracy will take place this June 22-24, 2017 in Boston. It is hosted by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University, with the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, Everyday Democracy, the Charles F. Kettering … Continue reading

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what gives some research methods legitimacy?

Facebook20 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 20I’m back from a meeting of people who practice and advocate mixed-methods research (research that integrates quantitative and qualitative data). They have identified barriers or biases against such work. Editors and reviewers tend to be either quantitative … Continue reading

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loyalty in intellectual work

Facebook18 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 18(Los Angeles) Academics and scholars most commonly relate to institutions, movements, or fields of practice by assessing them. They identify the underlying theory or rationale of a given practical effort and assess its plausibility and its consistency with principles of … Continue reading

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European Summer Institute of Civic Studies, this August in Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Facebook15 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 15The Summer Institute of Civic Studies will take place in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, from July, 31st to August, 12th 2017 (at the Chernivtsi Yuri-Fedkovych-University). The Summer Institute of Civic Studies is organized by a team from Tufts University … Continue reading

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Habermas, Ostrom, Gandhi (II)

Facebook15 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 15(Santa Monica, CA) On Monday, I posted an argument that three traditions of theory and practice provide what we need for a civic theory, which is a theory of what we should do. It is different from a political theory that … Continue reading

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Ostrom, Habermas, and Gandhi are all we need

Facebook41 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 41(Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) Back in 2014, I argued: [Elinor] “Ostrom plus [Jürgen] Habermas is nearly all we need.” I define a good citizen as anyone who seriously asks the question “What should we do?” Citizens face a dizzying … Continue reading

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deeper learning, civic learning

Facebook14 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 14Newly published from Harvard Education Press is Rethinking Readiness: Deeper Learning for College, Work, and Life, edited by Rafael Heller, Rebecca E. Wolfe, and Adria Steinberg. It is an important overview of current efforts to make education … Continue reading

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why do students sometimes lead social change?

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9(Cincinnati) At several critical points during the past century, college students have been at the vanguard of social change. Their agendas have not always been desirable; fascism, for example, had a student wing. But student activism is an important phenomenon. … Continue reading

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