Category Archives: civic theory

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?

Facebook57 Twitter3 Google+0Total: 60At 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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avoiding a sharp distinction between the state and the private sphere

Facebook16 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 17Several political theories and ideologies are invested in distinguishing the state from the private sector (which may encompass the market, families and civil society): For libertarians, the state bears the badge of original sin because it alone … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King describes the activists for civil rights

Facebook12 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 13On Sept. 10, 1961, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. published an op-ed in the New York Times entitled “The Time for Freedom has Come.” To the best of my knowledge, it is his most extensive description of … Continue reading

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syllabus of Introduction to Civic Studies, spring 2019

Facebook48 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 49I am about to start teaching Intro to Civic Studies with my colleague Erin Kelly. Here is our syllabus, minus the grading rules, office hours, etc. January 17: Introduction: A case from the Pluralism project to spur discussion … Continue reading

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unveiling a systems map for k-12 civic education

Facebook36 Twitter2 Google+1Total: 39?? This is a systems map for k-12 civic education, developed for the CivXNow coalition and intended to guide the coalition and its members and allies. You can explore it here and also drill down to a more … Continue reading

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