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About Peter

Associate Dean for Research and the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University's Tisch College of Civic Life. Concerned about civic education, civic engagement, and democratic reform in the United States and elsewhere.

The National Commission on Civic Renewal, A Nation of Spectators

Facebook25 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 26In 1997, the National Commission on Civic Renewal published its report, A Nation of Spectators: How Civic Disengagement Weakens America and What We Can Do About It. The Commission was partly a response to Robert Putnam’s 1995 … Continue reading

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we should be debating the big social and political paradigms

Facebook14 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 15[The following post is inspired by Rogers Smith’s recent APSA presidential address, and I believe is consistent with it, but I incorporate some additional elements.] Consider a sample of articles about politics, or society more generally. One … Continue reading

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AAC&U Webinar: Sept 19 2019

Facebook8 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 9“The Confounding Promise of Community: Why It Matters More Than Ever for Student Success,” September 19, 2019; Online, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (ET) In this webinar, I’ll be discussing my recent article in Liberal Education entitled, “Another Time for … Continue reading

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translations from Kuruntokai

Facebook7 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 8Kuruntokai (The Short Collection) is an anthology of classical Tamil verse collected by Pooriko Nachinarkiniyar in the sixth or the seventh century CE. The poems are lyrics of love and longing. Apparently they offer layers of religious … Continue reading

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Syllabus of Introduction to Civic Studies, fall 2019

Facebook75 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 77Fall 19 Civic Studies 0020-01 Intro to Civic Studies Instructors: Peter Levine, Brian Schaffner. TA: Gene Corbin Sept 4: Introduction Introduction to the course and the instructors. In class exercise: “The “Christmas Tree Crisis” at Sea-­?Tac Airport” … Continue reading

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voter suppression shows we have a democracy

Facebook41 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 43An interesting panel at the American Political Science Association conference explored whether the conceptual distinction between democracy and authoritarianism is (still) useful. In arguing against this distinction, some panelists cited ways that a particular democracy–the USA–fails to … Continue reading

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civically engaged research in political science #APSA2019

Facebook24 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 25(Washington, DC) Rogers Smith concluded his presidential address at the American Political Science Association’s annual meeting with a call for more engaged scholarship, which I would define as co-producing knowledge with people who belong to the communities … Continue reading

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courses that count for the Civic Studies major at Tufts, fall 2019

Facebook48 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 49Required Introductory Course: CVS 0020/PHIL 0020/PS 0020: Introduction to Civic Studies (Brian Schaffer, Peter Levine) (The syllabus from last semester is here, but it will change somewhat.) Thinking about Justice: ENG 176/CVS 0110/PJS 176/ENV 176: Earth Matters … Continue reading

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on gaffes as evidence of sincere beliefs

Facebook5 Twitter3 Google+0Total: 8Among the many millions of words that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton uttered over the past decade are these two statements. Obama: “They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion …” Clinton: “you could put half of … Continue reading

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conservative engaged scholarship

Facebook30 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 31For the sake of argument, let’s define “engaged scholarship” as … The organized production of knowledge by groups that include some professional academic researchers and some people who are not academics and belong to the communities, populations, … Continue reading

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