Category Archives: academia

Election Imperatives: Ten Recommendations to Increase College Student Voting and Improve Political Learning and Engagement in Democracy

Facebook35 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 35I’m on vacation and not blogging, but I’m proud to help circulate a major new report from our Institute for Democracy & Higher Education entitled Election Imperatives. It recommends 10 strategies that colleges and universities should implement to … Continue reading

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the new Two Cultures

Facebook8 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 8In 1959, C.P. Snow thought he observed “two cultures” in universities and intellectual life. “At one pole we have the literary intellectuals, at the other scientists, and as the most representative, the physical scientists. Between the two … Continue reading

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the politics of student debt

Facebook31 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 31When Democratic political candidates are asked about “youth,” often the first issue that comes to their minds is college affordability. For example, when Hillary Clinton was asked during a Democratic primary debate about how she would reach … Continue reading

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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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