Monthly Archives: September 2015

thoughts on the College Scorecard

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10 The College Scorecard began as a promise/threat to rate US colleges and universities, but for now, it offers some digestible nuggets of information on more than 3,500 institutions. The results for Stanford are shown to the right, as … Continue reading

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“a different Shakespeare from the one I love”

Facebook7 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 7“Kids today don’t appreciate Shakespeare.” That is a tired, perennial complaint. It is not the point that the eminent Shakespearean Stephen Greenblatt makes in “Teaching a Different Shakespeare From the One I Love.” In fact, he admires … Continue reading

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unions, communities, and economic mobility

Facebook8 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 8A new paper by Richard Freeman, Eunice Han, David Madland, and Brendan Duke, Bargaining for the American Dream: What Unions do for Mobility is getting a lot of attention. A key finding is that a parent’s union … Continue reading

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the Latinos Civic Health Index

Facebook18 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 18The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) released the Latinos Civic Health Index today. My colleague Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg is a co-author and the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts collaborated with NCoC. Overall, the report points to challenges: Latinos … Continue reading

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when a university is committed to democracy

Facebook14 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 14This is a page from the 2013-14 Rector’s Report of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, an institution that I visited this summer. (Click the image to open the PDF.) The page is headed “A Revolution of Dignity,” and … Continue reading

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upcoming talks

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0These are public talks I am giving in the next two months. All welcome! Sept. 23: Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) Webinar, “America’s Civic Renewal Movement,” with me and Eric Liu (Citizen University), Kelly Born (Hewlett Foundation) and Joan Blades … Continue reading

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why an applied research program is valuable

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13As an Associate Dean, I am responsible for a cluster of research programs that includes CIRCLE (the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement); the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement; and the … Continue reading

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is Trumpism akin to the European right?

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9On the whole, I’m inclined to think that Donald Trump’s large lead in the Republican race is a passing phenomenon, similar to several candidates’ surges during 2011-12, and driven mostly by media attention and name-recognition at a time … Continue reading

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why social scientists should pay attention to metaphysics

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5Yesterday, I introduced the substance of Brian Epstein’s book The Ant Trap. Epstein analyzes the metaphysics of social phenomena, such as groups. Here I want to argue that social scientists should be more attuned to metaphysical issues … Continue reading

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