Monthly Archives: April 2004

a debate about revitalizing the left

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I spent the day–very enjoyably–at a meeting of people who have come together to create an advocacy Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools. I’ll write more about that next week. When I got home, I found … Continue reading

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Manet’s “Old Musician”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Yesterday, I was rereading part of Legal Modernism, a book by my friend and former colleague David Luban, and I remembered that it was thanks to this book that I first saw Manet?s ?The Old Musician? as … Continue reading

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the White House press corps

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Jay Rosen wrote an essay yesterday asking why George W. Bush, at a difficult moment in his presidency, would choose to hold a press conference instead of giving a speech. Jay suggests that maybe the White House … Continue reading

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expanding a community website

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Working mainly with high school students, we have begun building a community website. Our ultimate goal is more ambitious: to make the website part of a whole independent, non-profit association called an “Information Commons.” The Commons would … Continue reading

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trying to be a responsible observer of Iraq

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0As citizens (of the United States or the world) we want to understand what is going on in Iraq–not just the daily body count, but deeper questions like: How much needs to be done before the US … Continue reading

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a local open-access journal

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Here’s an idea that some colleagues and I are going to try to promote at the University of Maryland. The University (or perhaps the University and Prince George’s County, where we are located) would launch a peer-reviewed … Continue reading

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Public Agenda’s FirstChoice

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Public Agenda has done what I once hoped to do myself: they have created a website with detailed background information on important public issues and self-diagnostic exercises that can help you to decide what policies you prefer–understanding … Continue reading

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undermining stereotypes in Hong Kong

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m mainly thinking about the situation in Iraq, but I have no special information or insights about that deeply troubling matter. Meanwhile, on a somewhat lighter note, the Times’ Keith Bradsher analyzes the political situation in Hong … Continue reading

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kids, computers, and research

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I haven’t posted lately about our work with high school kids, because I’ve missed the class for several weeks in a row due to scheduling conflicts. With help from my colleagues and grad students, the kids have … Continue reading

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negative campaigning is a mistake in ’04

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Several factors have conspired to make many Democrats believe that the key to the ’04 election is attacking the president: Progressives sincerely believe that the mainstream press favors Bush, so denouncing him would improve the “balance.” Howard … Continue reading

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