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Facebook59 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 60(Provo, UT) I am at Brigham Young University, discussing civic engagement with insightful faculty and students, against a background of cold, clear mountains. Within the past two weeks, I have had somewhat similar conversations inside the classroom … Continue reading

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MassForward event: Advancing Democratic Innovation and Electoral Reform in Massachusetts

Facebook4 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 5Please Join MassForward for “Advancing Democratic Innovation and Electoral Reform in Massachusetts” (Register Here) Wednesday, November 13, 2019 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Continental breakfast will be available at 8:00 a.m. The Edgerley Center for Civic Leadership at … Continue reading

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The Role of Social Movements in Fostering Sounder Public Judgment

Facebook28 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 30Public Agenda has released the first papers in their series on “Sounder Public Judgment.” Among them is my paper on “The Role of Social Movements in Fostering Sounder Public Judgment.” It’s a short essay but it has … Continue reading

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teaching about institutions, in a prison

Facebook17 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 18The Tufts University Prison Initiative of the Tisch College of Civic Life (TUPIT) is my institution’s contribution to the national movement for prison education. Colleges and universities are offering classes, degree programs, and special events for people in prisons … Continue reading

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how to assess candidates in a presidential primary

Facebook9 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 10Voters in a primary are a bit like members of a hiring committee. They have a batch of eager candidates and must choose one to represent their party and–they hope–hold the office. I have served on dozens … Continue reading

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Deliberative Democracy Consortium conference on whether deliberation is feasible

Facebook39 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 40From this official registration page: On October 30 and 31, the Deliberative Democracy Consortium is convening researchers, scholars, and deliberative democracy practitioners in Washington, D.C., to explore the intersection of deliberative democracy with human cognition, social and emotional … Continue reading

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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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