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Volodymyr Zelensky, servant of the people?

Facebook17 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 18I’m very curious what my politically diverse but well-informed Ukrainian friends think about their presidential election. It’s mostly framed in the West as: “comedian with no political experience is elected president.” That is a little misleading: it … Continue reading

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civility, humility, tolerance, empathy, or what?

Facebook24 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 25It sounds like a parody of a professor’s life, but I have actually attended conferences since 2016 on the themes of: 1) empathy and compassion, 2) civility, 3) responsiveness, and 4) tolerance. I missed an excellent-looking meeting … Continue reading

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North Eastern Public Humanities Conference, April 26-7

Facebook10 Twitter4 Google+0Total: 14Register here. Some events have limited space. Friday, April 26: UMass Boston Campus Center, Alumni Lounge (all day) Friday, April 26: UMass Boston Campus Center, Alumni Lounge (all day) 9:00-9:30 Welcome, Coffee, Introductions 9:30-12:00 Pre-texts Workshop: Doris … Continue reading

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how much of a theory of justice do activists need? (a dialogue)

Facebook24 Twitter1 Google+1Total: 26Some students are on their way to occupy their university’s central administration building to demand a minimum wage of $17 for all employees. They are surprised to encounter the ghost of John Rawls (JR): JR: I see … Continue reading

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Notre-Dame is eminently restorable

Facebook25 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 27I’m sure others have made this point or are typing it this minute, but I will pile on … Notre-Dame de Paris is a stunning building but not a well-preserved medieval one. It has been through a … Continue reading

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Participatory Action Research as Civic Studies

Facebook29 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 30Thanks to the fabulous Tisch College postdoc Margaret McGladrey, we are holding a symposium on “Participatory Action Research as Civic Studies” today at Tufts, with 15 speakers. I’m planning to make a few remarks revolving around three … Continue reading

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a Civic Studies flowchart

Facebook80 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 81This is an agenda for research and education. It’s a way of organizing the major topics of our Introduction to Civic Studies course for undergraduates. It isn’t intended directly as a flowchart for civic actors (activists, leaders) … Continue reading

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should US kids learn they have a democracy?

Facebook44 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 45The New York Times’ Dana Goldstein reports a “bruising political fight” over Michigan’s social studies standards, in which one of the questions was whether to describe our government as a democracy or a “constitutional republic,” as some … Continue reading

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pay attention to movements, not just activists and events

Facebook36 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 37Let’s say you work in a school or college, a newsroom, a city government, or a firm. You may encounter a social movement when it makes demands on you. Regardless of your opinion of its demands, you … Continue reading

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identities, interests, and opinions

Facebook28 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 29In our Introduction to Civic Studies course, this is the zone we’re currently in: We all need some account of what would make a good–or at least a better–society. This idea can be provisional and open-ended; we … Continue reading

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