Category Archives: civic theory

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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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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Interfaith Studies, Civic Studies

Facebook6 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 8In a talk yesterday at Tufts, Eboo Patel, the founder and President of the Interfaith Youth Core, said that the guiding question of the field of Interfaith Studies is how to build a religiously diverse democracy. He … Continue reading

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what sustains free speech?

Facebook13 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 14My remarks last week at a small conference on “Tolerance, Citizenship, and the Open Society” at the Tisch College of Civic Life … We human beings did not evolve to take a broad view of justice, to … Continue reading

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scholarship on engaged scholarship

Facebook11 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 12We are accepting application for the APSA Institute for Civically Engaged Research (ICER) at Tisch College until March 31. In preparation for the Institute, I am looking for good writing about civically engaged research that is relevant … Continue reading

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a civic approach to free speech

Facebook13 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 14I argued in a recent post that libertarians, social democrats, American liberals, and most US Constitutional scholars share a sharp distinction between the state and the private sector–but this distinction does not reflect our actual experience of … Continue reading

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what is Civic Science?

Facebook55 Twitter3 Google+0Total: 58At Tisch College, we have a Civic Science initiative, which has roots in an NSF-funded effort under the same name. Here is my own personal working definition of “Civic Science.” The word “science” in this phrase is … Continue reading

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Habermas, illustrated

Facebook13 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 14I’ve categorized a bunch of recent tweets by putting them in Jürgen Habermas’ three buckets: In the first column, the tweets are literally legible–I can read them–but I don’t know much about their significance. That is because they … Continue reading

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