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Brexit: a personal reflection

Facebook57 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 58(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+0Total: 32I 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 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 21Equipe 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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how to think about the self (Buddhist and Kantian perspectives)

Facebook11 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 13I. Buddhist arguments A Buddhist argument for “no self” goes like this: Look inward–as hard as you want–for some unchanging “I” or “self.” You cannot find it. All you’ll find are physical sensations, feelings, perceptions, volitions, and … Continue reading

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judgment in a world of power and institutions: outline of a view

Facebook8 Twitter3 Google+0Total: 11 Judgment or practical reason (i.e., deciding what is right to do) means forming beliefs about facts, values, and strategies. It is sometimes worth trying to isolate the factual beliefs in order to test them empirically. But … Continue reading

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two important opportunities through APSA

Facebook10 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 11The American Political Science Association’s Research Partnerships on Critical Issues program offers up to $20,000 for “proposals aimed at developing research-based projects that bring academics and practitioners together to tackle critical issues concerning citizens across the globe.” … Continue reading

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discuss impeachment in high school–but not only impeachment

Facebook31 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 32As impeachment dominates the headlines, many social studies teachers are assigning it as a topic of discussion and analysis in their classrooms. That is appropriate. Since students and their families are already discussing impeachment, it is a … Continue reading

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new Civic Engagement section for the American Political Science Association

Facebook53 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 54Elizabeth Bennion (Indiana University – South Bend), Richard Davis (Brigham Young University), and I have proposed a new APSA Organized Section on Civic Engagement. It will promote the teaching of and scholarship about civic engagement through sponsorship … Continue reading

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