Monthly Archives: September 2015

what happened to leisure time?

Facebook7 Twitter0Total7(Hyde Park, NY) I am at FDR’s historic home with (as it happens) a bunch of labor organizers and others concerned with work. On a break, we had a chance to visit the house where the New Deal president … Continue reading

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how a university “covers” the world

Facebook16 Twitter0Total16(Philadelphia) Here are the baker’s dozen Tufts faculty who are Tisch College Fellows for 2015-16. Their work involves active citizenship as a topic of study, a research method, or a mode of teaching. I work with a group like … Continue reading

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the Citizens United decision and the inadequate sociology of the US Constitution

Facebook35 Twitter0Total35It is a myth prevalent among liberals that the Supreme Court defined corporations as persons in Citizens United. Instead, the court observed that corporations are associations, cited previous rulings that associations have freedom of speech and that freedom of … Continue reading

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Facebook13 Twitter0Total13(in St. Paul, Minn.) Why does the owl, her nest turned into flames By an errant fire balloon, shriek as she flees? As the solo goose flaps his steady beat, Sea-bound, whom does he think will hear his honk? … Continue reading

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PACE Webinar on America’s Civic Renewal Movement

Facebook17 Twitter0Total17Today, Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) hosted a webinar on “America’s Civic Renewal Movement.” I was a speaker along with: Eric Liu, Citizen University Kelly Born, Hewlett Foundation Joan Blades, Living Room Conversations Kristen Cambell, PACE Archives: Video: A … Continue reading

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qualms about Effective Altruism

Facebook8 Twitter0Total8Effective Altruism is a growing movement that will surely make some valuable contributions. But I have my doubts about its main direction. This is a prominent summary from the Effective Altruism website: If you are reading this, you are … Continue reading

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we are hiring!

Facebook14 Twitter0Total14Come work on my team. We actually have two new jobs posted, one for a graduate student. Click the links for considerably more information about both. Researcher – The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement … Continue reading

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two degrees of Christopher Marlowe

Facebook12 Twitter0Total12In The Reckoning (1994), Charles Nicholl carefully investigated the 1593 murder of Christopher Marlowe, arguing that it resulted from a struggle between the rival spy networks of Walter Raleigh and Robert Devereux (the 2nd Earl of Essex). It’s a … Continue reading

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Q&A for Constitution Day

Facebook3 Twitter0Total3It’s Constitution Day. Thanks to an amendment included at the behest of the late Robert Byrd in 2004, every educational institution that receives federal money–from a kindergarten to a graduate school–must offer programs on this day that concern the Constitution. Eight years ago, … Continue reading

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missing the civic empowerment messages of a Pope and a President

Facebook8 Twitter0Total8Michelle Boorstein compares the enthusiastic responses to Pope Francis in 2015 and Barack Obama in 2008 and collects several explanations for both: People have “an undeniable, sweeping affinity, a gut reaction to a new leader to whom we attach huge … Continue reading

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