Monthly Archives: December 2006

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0We had a wonderful pre-Christmas trip to the little Bavarian city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. It is an old Free Imperial City of the Holy Roman Empire, a municipal republic like those of medieval Italy, very well preserved … Continue reading

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to Germany for a week

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0We are leaving today for a family vacation in Germany. I won’t post again until shortly after Christmas. We’re going to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a little medieval town in northern Bavaria. It’s one of many German towns that … Continue reading

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why Obama has lit a fire

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0There is a remarkable gap between Senator Obama’s actual speech in New Hampshire last weekend (click for video) and the endless coverage and commentary that I have read about it. Reporters and bloggers uniformly take the line that Obama … Continue reading

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a model of anti-Black racism in the USA

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0This is a very sketchy model, based on nothing more than personal observations and reflections. The arrows are supposed to be causal, although I can’t estimate the strength of these relationships. Thus, for example, the human instinct to distinguish … Continue reading

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support for abortion rights: a generational story

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0For a talk this afternoon, I quickly looked at attitudes toward abortion rights by age cohort. I think the story is interesting. In brief, each generation came of age with more favorable attitudes toward abortion than the cohorts that … Continue reading

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a healthy debate about civic renewal

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I believe that current forms of politics are, in general, too manipulative. Americans recognize that they are being focus-grouped, polled, canvassed, frightened, divided, titillated, and provoked; and they don’t like it. They want opportunities to share ideas and develop … Continue reading

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new work from AmericaSpeaks

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I’m especially proud to be a member of the board of AmericaSpeaks at this moment, when the organization has completed two remarkable projects. In Northeast Ohio, deep in the Rust Belt, there is an urgent need for vision, coordination, … Continue reading

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Emilio Estevez’ Bobby

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I was very moved and impressed by the movie Bobby, which we saw last night. It is not really about Senator Robert F. Kennedy. The director, Emilio Estevez, tries to depict the American people at a particular historical and … Continue reading

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an embassy from Hugo Ch?vez

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I took these notes while listening to Bernardo Alvarez Herrera, Venezuela’s Ambassador to the United States. He was speaking at the University of Maryland, as part of my Institute’s effort to develop a project that would address Venezuela’s deep … Continue reading

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universities, civic engagement, and the global market

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0If I were asked why most universities do not put a lot of effort into civic education or civic work in their own communities, I would say that it’s because they compete for students. Prospective students and their parents … Continue reading

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