Monthly Archives: October 2015

Tufts wins the New York Life Civic Engagement Award

Facebook38 Twitter0Total38The Washington Center for Internships selects the annual New York Life Higher Education Civic Engagement Award, and the 2015 award went to us at Tufts University along with Dominican University, John Carroll University (Ohio), Rutgers University-Camden (N.J.), and Weber State University (Utah). These … Continue reading

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why calling Israel democratic increases criticism of Israel

Facebook5 Twitter0Total5If you tell Dutch people that Israel is a democracy like the Netherlands, Israel’s favorability rises among the conservative respondents but falls among those on the left. That’s according to an experiment by Lelkes, Malka, and Sheets (2015). They asked everyone the same questions … Continue reading

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the changing nature of risk and its relevance to political economy

Facebook6 Twitter0Total6(Washington, DC) Inspired by the work of the late Ulrich Beck, let’s say that capital and risk are two different issues. Whether you face low or high risk, you may have anywhere from zero to vast amounts of capital. … Continue reading

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more young people voted in ’72 than ’12

Facebook15 Twitter0Total15(Washington, DC) This graph shows two trends: the number of US citizens between the ages of 18 and 29, and the number of 18-29s who voted. The number of young voters fell from 122 million 1972 to 114 million … Continue reading

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does the falling homicide clearance rate in big cities promotes violence?

Facebook8 Twitter0Total8At Tufts on Wednesday, Danielle Allen made the following argument: the war on drugs lowers the chance that the police will solve any given murder by flooding a city with drug-related homicides. Once the homicide closure rate falls, there is … Continue reading

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protecting authentic human interaction

Facebook15 Twitter0Total15These are two real-life examples that arose during the recent conference on Responsiveness. (My thanks and apologies to the colleagues who told these stories.) A recruiter sits all day at the tables near a major airport’s McDonalds restaurant, screening … Continue reading

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does service boost employment?

Facebook20 Twitter0Total20(Cross-posted from the CIRCLE site) Yesterday, Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation of National and Community Service (CNCS), announced $923,000 in research grants to increase the nation’s understanding and knowledge about the importance of volunteering, national service, and civic … Continue reading

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excluding oral history from IRB is a win for the First Amendment, but doesn’t go far enough

Facebook15 Twitter0Total15Don Ritchie reports, On 8 September 2015, a 20-year struggle culminated in a ruling from the US Department of Health and Human Services that specifically excludes the following from human subject regulation: “Oral history, journalism, biography, and historical scholarship … Continue reading

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responsiveness as a virtue

Facebook7 Twitter0Total7(Milwaukee) I’m at a conference about responsiveness, which uses the following as the opening definition, for discussion: Being responsive (primarily to others, but we might also think about being responsive to the non-human world) involves being open to being … Continue reading

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crowd-sourcing information as a form of civic work

Facebook8 Twitter0Total8(Milwaukee, WI) Beth Noveck has been a leader since the 1990s in connecting online, collaborative knowledge-production efforts (tools like Stack Exchange) to government, and vice-versa. She has pursued that cause both as a scholar and as an Obama Administration official. … Continue reading

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