Monthly Archives: May 2015

America’s Civic Renewal Movement: implications for youth engagement

Facebook19 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 19(Detroit) On April 16, Tisch College released “America’s Civic Renewal Movement: The View from Organizational Leaders” by me and Eric Liu, the founder and CEO of Citizen University and executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and … Continue reading

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defining “games”

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9I am reading Josh Lerner’s Making Democracy Fun: How Game Design Can Empower Citizens and Transform Politics because it makes an important argument. Games are fun for specific reasons; most political processes fail to be fun because … Continue reading

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overview article on civic engagement

Facebook27 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 27Newly out this weekend is: Levine, P. 2015. Civic Engagement. Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2015), 1–7. Abstract: Civic engagement is usually measured as a set of concrete activities, from voting to protesting, that … Continue reading

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medieval iconoclasm and modern prejudices

Facebook7 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 7More than 1,000 years ago, the Christian world was consumed with a violent conflict over religious images: whether they should be venerated or destroyed as idols. That conflict, which brought down emperors, has resonances today. But even … Continue reading

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making big donors part of the political debate

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13Peter Beinart quotes an estimate that $5 billion may be raised from private donors for the 2016 election, much of it coming from extremely rich individuals who are able to keep relatively low profiles. Some of these donors may personally … Continue reading

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the parable of the bricklayer and the Cathedral

Facebook20 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 20(En route to Chicago for an #OFA event) Two people are working side by side, laying bricks at a similar speed. When asked what they are doing, the first says, “Laying bricks,” and the second says, “Building … Continue reading

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voting and punishment: Foucault, biopower, and modern elections

Facebook29 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 29Michel Foucault wrote a great deal about punishment as a tool that governors use to discipline the governed. Voting seems like the opposite: a device for the governed to discipline the governing. But Foucault’s concept of bio-politics … Continue reading

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talking about lowering the voting age on Wisconsin Public Radio

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9On Wednesday, I was on the Kathleen Dunn show, which airs in Wisconsin and the upper Midwest. The title of the segment was “Partisanship among the Generations,” and Jocelyn Kiley from the Pew Research Center talked about the interesting results … Continue reading

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will young voters prefer younger candidates?

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5We are often asked whether young people prefer young(er) candidates, and this question is arising again as Sen. Marco Rubio emphasizes his relative youth as a selling point. CIRCLE has now collected evidence–which I find pretty compelling–that the age of … Continue reading

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what should a college do to improve teaching pervasively?

Facebook2 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 2Here are five potential answers to that question, each of which depends on a different premise. Teaching would be better if the conditions improved. For instance, class enrollments should be smaller, and teaching loads should be more reasonable. … Continue reading

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