Monthly Archives: August 2017

Jonathan Strange, Mr Norrell, and the Industrial Revolution

Facebook3 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 3I read Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell a decade ago (blog post here) and recently watched the BBC adaptation. I’d agree with Kate Nepveu that the miniseries is worth watching even though the changes in plot make … Continue reading

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what is polarization and when is it bad?

Facebook3 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 3We might say that people are polarized when … They hold opposing positions on issues that matter to them. They hold contrasting core values that drive their opinions about issues. They identify strongly and stably with parties … Continue reading

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the kind of sacrifice required in nonviolence

Facebook39 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 39We see nonviolent social movements forming and acting all around us right now: Charlottesville, Boston, Phoenix. There’s also a lively debate about whether nonviolence is the best response to threats like the alt-right, and if so, why. … Continue reading

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a civic studies perspective on European citizenship

Facebook8 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 8In “A Civic Studies perspective on European citizens: in search for potential in the conflict surrounding TTIP” (European Politics and Society, Aug 2017, pp. 1-27), Nora Schröder provides a learned and insightful overview of Civic Studies–consistent with the … Continue reading

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have youth opinions of race changed?

Facebook15 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 15Los Angeles Public Radio station 89.33 KPCC interviewed to me last Thursday on the topic, “Are young people’s views on race really that different from their parents?” I emphasized that young people are demographically more diverse than … Continue reading

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come work with us: new senior research position at CIRCLE

Facebook56 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 56Senior Researcher: The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE), Tisch College. Apply here. Description The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life prepares students in all fields of study for lifetimes of active … Continue reading

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Ukraine means borderland

Facebook21 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 21This isn’t a travel blog, and my photos aren’t very good, but here are some images that hint at Ukraine’s history as a borderland (which is its very meaning). For instance, a minbar (the staircase a preacher … Continue reading

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civics road trip: from Philadelphia to Ukraine

Facebook47 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 47I’m in Philadelphia for the Action Civics Initiative Summer Convening, a gathering of students, educators, and NGO leaders who are working to make civic education more action-oriented. From the closing plenary tomorrow, I’m heading to Ukraine to … Continue reading

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