Category Archives: academia

new Civic Studies major at Tufts

Facebook294 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 294Yesterday, the Tufts Faculty of Arts & Sciences approved our proposal for a new major in Civic Studies, the first in the world. It will begin next fall, and I’ll co-teach the new introductory course with my … Continue reading

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differences in voting by major

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10My colleague Inger Bergom has a piece in The Conversation with Hyun Kyoung Ro entitled “Why don’t STEM majors vote as much as others?” They are analyzing data from the two million college students who are included in our National Study … Continue reading

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why study social justice?

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13I just finished teaching a philosophy course in which the primary question was “How should I live?” We spent some time reading and thinking about personal and internal questions, such as what constitutes happiness and truthfulness and … Continue reading

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revisiting the Port Huron Statement’s focus on universities

Facebook11 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 11(en route to Michigan) The Port Huron Statement (1962) inaugurated the New Left. I had forgotten that it concludes with an argument that universities are the most promising sites of social change. It’s interesting to revisit that … Continue reading

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college student voting rose in 2016

Facebook19 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 19Today, my colleagues at Tisch College’s Institute for Democracy and Higher Education have released their national study of college students’ voting, based on the voting records of 9,784,931 students at 1,023 higher education institutions.  The team finds … Continue reading

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assessment criteria for participation in a seminar

Facebook48 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 48Thinking that I should be explicit about how I define good participation in a seminar that I’m teaching, I circulated these eight criteria: Being responsive to other students. (Responsiveness needn’t always be immediate, verbal, or occur within … Continue reading

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science, law, and microagressions

Facebook26 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 26We live and work in settings that are diverse but unequal. Opportunities and outcomes can often be predicted on the basis of race/ethnicity, culture and religion, gender and sexual orientation, and class background. In these settings, we … Continue reading

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explore Tisch College

Facebook32 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 32(Washington, DC) Yesterday’s launch of a very attractive new website for the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life provides a reason to explore what we offer at Tisch. We provide advanced civic education for students in all … Continue reading

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college curricula for civic learning and engagement

Facebook12 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 12I’d welcome recommendations of particularly promising undergraduate courses or programs that are intended to boost students’ civic knowledge, skills, and engagement. I’m especially interested in two approaches: 1) requiring a specific course with a civic focus for all students at a given institution, or 2) … Continue reading

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what gives some research methods legitimacy?

Facebook20 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 20I’m back from a meeting of people who practice and advocate mixed-methods research (research that integrates quantitative and qualitative data). They have identified barriers or biases against such work. Editors and reviewers tend to be either quantitative … Continue reading

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