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revisiting Against Deliberation in the age of Trump

Facebook16 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 17In Introduction to Civic Studies, we recently discussed Lynn M. Sanders, “Against Deliberation,” Political Theory, June 1997 v.25 no. 3 Here are some illustrative arguments from her important piece: “Appeals to deliberation, I will argue, have often … Continue reading

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Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948 by Ramachandra Guha

Facebook9 Twitter1 Google+1Total: 11Guha’s biography is the essential work on Gandhi: much more detailed, better researched, and more persuasive than the earlier biographies that I know of. Volume Two, focusing on India, is 1,104 pages long but moves at a … Continue reading

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Event: The Role of Play in Human Evolution and Public Life: Work, or Play?

Facebook6 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 7Please join us for this month’s Ludics Seminar at Harvard’s Mahindra Center to explore the role of play in human evolution and public life. Details are below: Peter Gray, Boston College Peter Levine, Tufts University The Role … Continue reading

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why I am optimistic about the impeachment process

Facebook24 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 26I find myself less anxious than most friends and commentators. Here are my largely sanguine responses to several current concerns about the impeachment process: It’s a mistake to focus on one specific scandal. Congress should persuade the … Continue reading

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only in America!

Facebook57 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 58When informed that the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ireland, was Jewish, Yogi Berra exclaimed, “Only in America!” I was in the jury pool in Middlesex County, Mass. a couple of weeks ago. Of the dozen cases before … Continue reading

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community engagement and student success in college

Facebook9 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 10You can now get the recording and associated slides for the AAC&U webinar entitled “The Confounding Promise of Community: Why It Matters More Than Ever for Student Success.” I was a bit of an outlier because I … Continue reading

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for Irina

Facebook16 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 17Little Irina Antonovna, six,Took it upon herself to write to her aunt,Laboriously addressing it to:”Region of Petrograd, Max Heltz factory.”Why did she write this letter? Well, her father:Ten years in the camps for being a scholar,Dead by … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Warren in a tradition of radical American progressivism

Facebook22 Twitter1 Google+2Total: 25A lively and valuable debate is underway about whether Senator Sanders or Warren should carry the flag of the left. Considering that Sanders calls himself a “socialist,” and Warren says she’s pro-“market,” it’s worth thinking about what … Continue reading

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The National Commission on Civic Renewal, A Nation of Spectators

Facebook31 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 32In 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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