Category Archives: civic theory

marginalizing odious views: a strategy

Facebook15 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 16If you looked out at the National Mall on any Inauguration Day from 1944 to 2012, you might conclude that Nazism had been effectively marginalized in the USA. The president who was being sworn in might be … Continue reading

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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

Facebook97 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 98This 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?

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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