Monthly Archives: January 2014

new CIRCLE report on teaching news

Facebook3 Twitter0Total3From the CIRCLE website: With news sources changing rapidly and fragmenting along ideological lines, understanding how to use news and information media (“information literacy”) is an important civic skill. A new fact sheet by CIRCLE deputy director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg … Continue reading

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new book–Civic Studies: Approaches to the Emerging Field

Facebook58 Twitter0Total58Published today, Civic Studies: Approaches to the Emerging Field is a volume co-edited by me and Karol Edward Soltan and published by Bringing Theory to Practice and the American Association of Colleges and Universities as the third in their … Continue reading

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what defines conservatism?

Facebook8 Twitter0Total8Popular political words like “liberalism” and “conservatism” often name disparate ideas and movements. No one controls their definitions, and therefore no one can complain if they are used for incompatible phenomena. For instance, “liberalism” can mean government interventionism or … Continue reading

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is the US a racial democracy?

Facebook48 Twitter0Total48My friend Jason Stanley and his colleague Vesla Weaver have written an important New York Times piece arguing that the US is a “racial democracy,” by which they really mean a society that fails to be a democracy because … Continue reading

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a symposium on civic studies

Facebook7 Twitter0Total7(New Orleans) I am here for a daylong symposium on “Civic Studies” at the Southern Political Science Association. It starts with an author-meets-critics session about my book, which is offered as one example of civic studies, along with Paul … Continue reading

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great job openings in civic renewal

Facebook11 Twitter0Total11(en route to New Orleans via DC) Occasionally, I post open positions in the civic renewal field. These seem especially exciting. Hewlett Foundation, Program Officer for Special Projects This person will orchestrate Hewlett’s grantmaking in support of campaign and … Continue reading

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the Times’ poverty map

Facebook16 Twitter0Total16On the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, I recommend playing with the New York Times’ remarkable zoomable map. Click on both views: the percentage and the number of people who are poor, because they tell different stories. … Continue reading

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on the moral dangers of cliché

Facebook13 Twitter1Total14Here are five brief studies of people who made heavy use of clichés: Francesca da Rimini, Madame Bovary, Adolf Eichmann, W.H. Auden, and Don Gately from David Foster Wallace’s novel Infinite Jest. I offer these portraits to explore the … Continue reading

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this blog turns 11

Facebook26 Twitter0Total26I began blogging on Jan. 6, 2003 and have posted once every work day since then (i.e., excepting weekends, vacations, and sick days). This is post #2,633. Jason Kottke, who started blogging three years before me, says the blog … Continue reading

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reflections on AmericaSpeaks on its last day

Facebook31 Twitter0Total31I was proud to serve on the board of AmericaSpeaks from June 2006 until today, when the organization had to close its doors–despite valiant efforts. In essence, the people and organizations that really care about nonpartisan, open-ended citizen deliberation … Continue reading

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