Author Archives: Peter

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.

draft syllabus of a course on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Facebook35 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 36This spring, I will be teaching a capstone seminar on the life and thought of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The draft syllabus is below (minus grading rubrics, policies, etc.). At this stage, I welcome suggestions! Summary In … Continue reading

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notes from India

Facebook20 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 21My family and I were in Delhi and Rajasthan over the winter break, and I cannot resist some notes. I offer them with intellectual humility, understanding that India is a vastly complex place, our experience was superficial, … Continue reading

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job openings in youth civic engagement

Facebook9 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 10This is the latest in an occasional series … CIRCLE (The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & engagement here at Tisch College) is searching for a Project Manager. They are looking for someone with advanced … Continue reading

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political reform in Massachusetts

Facebook11 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 12This is the video of me presenting our study entitled MassForward: Advancing Democratic Innovation and Electoral Reform in Massachusetts at the Boston Foundation in November, with discussion by Jay Kaufman, a former state representative and Founder and … Continue reading

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education and political party support in the UK

Facebook5 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 6A common pattern in the 21st century involves much of the working class shifting from a broad center-left political party toward the right. One way to measure class is by educational attainment. In Germany, the Social Democrats … Continue reading

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Brexit: a personal reflection

Facebook79 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 81(Fremont, CA) I’m saddened by Brexit for personal reasons that I’ll relate below. But first I should offer three caveats. First, Brexit is not about me. It will affect the residents of the UK and EU; my … Continue reading

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what does the word civic mean?

Facebook31 Twitter1 Google+1Total: 33I use the word “civic” every day. It is in the title of my college (The Tisch College of Civic Life) and the major that I direct (Civic Studies) and in the names of many topics and … Continue reading

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participatory action research in the City of God

Facebook20 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 22Equipe Construindo Juntos (The Building Together Research Center) is based in Rio de Janeiro’s City of God neighborhood, made world-famous by the 2002 film. One of the key team members is my Tufts colleague Anjuli Fahlberg, a … Continue reading

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give to grassroots organizing for civic participation

Facebook15 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 16(Philadelphia) On Giving Tuesday, I am reluctant to name specific organizations to contribute to, other than my own employer (Tisch College) and the grant-seeking organizations on whose fiduciary boards I sit: Street Law, Discovering Justice, Everyday Democracy, … Continue reading

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how have political science and k-12 civics diverged?

Facebook22 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 23It’s risky to generalize about k-12 civics. In the USA, there are no national standards for civics, state standards tend to be incoherent and not firmly enforced, and textbooks divide the market. Some teachers in some classrooms … Continue reading

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