Monthly Archives: June 2007

youth voting rose in ’06

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0CIRCLE released our analysis today of the Census Department’s 2006 voting survey. (The data were released yesterday.) We found that the turnout of young people rose to 25.5%–a low rate, admittedly, but a nice rise compared to … Continue reading

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Günter Grass’s memories

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The June 4 New Yorker presents an excerpt from Günter Grass’s memoir, Peeling the Onion. For the first time, we get the novelist’s own lengthy account of his experiences in the Waffen S.S., a story that he … Continue reading

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a new progressive era?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Tomorrow, I’m presenting at the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) National Policy Forum. I’ve been invited to speak on a panel entitled, “A New Progressive Era? The Influence of State and Local Initiatives on National Policy.” … Continue reading

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at cygyzy

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m going to New Hampshire just for today to speak at City Year’s annual conference, which is called “cygyzy” (that’s Greek for “a rare alignment of celestial bodies”). City Year, a part of Americorps, is a full-time … Continue reading

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is the problem with Washington’s schools that we lack a state?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m fascinated by the Washington, DC public school system, which is educating my younger child, employing my wife, and serving the city in which I live. As reported in yesterday’s Washington Post, DC ranks first among the … Continue reading

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on Providence

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Providence, RI) I don’t come here very often, but I’m developing a habit of ruminating about America whenever I walk around this city’s historic core. Not only did Providence play an important role in our founding, but … Continue reading

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new CIRCLE website

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Providence, RI): I’m in this lovely city for meetings with professors who conduct community-based research. Meanwhile, CIRCLE has entered the 21st century by rebuilding our website so that it runs off a database and is no longer … Continue reading

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the power of consensus

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Portsmouth, NH) I’ve been in New Hampshire for a meeting to help launch something called the Democracy Imperative. The participants are a mix of professors, college administrators, and activists based outside of universities. It is fairly diverse … Continue reading

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John Donne, The Ecstacy

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(In Portsmouth, New Hampshire) In a review by John Carey, I came upon a strange and wonderful John Donne poem, “The Ecstacy.” Here it is in the left column with my literal paraphrase to the right. (Literal … Continue reading

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portrait of the inner city

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Manchester, NH) A study by Lois M. Quinn (pdf) dramatizes the suffering of poor urban Americans in 2007–and exemplifies useful scholarship at an urban public institution. On behalf of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Employment and Training Institute, … Continue reading

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