Monthly Archives: February 2016

Tamsin Shaw’s critique of moral psychology

Facebook23 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 23I think that Tamsin Shaw’s article “The Psychologists Take Power” (New York Review of Books, February 25, 2016) is very important. I enjoyed an informal seminar discussion of it on Friday, but that conversation made me realize … Continue reading

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on the original meaning of democracy

Facebook29 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 29We call ourselves a democracy and a republic. There’s a current right-wing talking point that we are only the latter, but I’ve argued that this claim deviates from a long bipartisan consensus that the US aspires to be a democratic … Continue reading

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humanities work related to incarceration

Facebook7 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 7All are welcome to 2016’s second Tisch Talk in the Humanities, “Stages of Detention,” on March 4 at 2:00 pm in the Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Hall, Tufts University’s Medford campus. Increasingly, scholars in the arts and … Continue reading

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the 10 places where youth voters will have the most impact

Facebook41 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 41The current homepage of NPR news is a feature article by Asma Khalid about CIRCLE’s Youth Electoral Significance Index (YESI). My CIRCLE colleagues have identified the top 10 states and 10 congressional districts where the youth vote will matter … Continue reading

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why don’t young people like parties?

Facebook47 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 47Young Americans are not very loyal to parties. Many young people hold political beliefs that may make them almost guaranteed to vote for one party rather than the other–true “swing” voters are very rare–but they don’t identify with parties as organizations or … Continue reading

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every Republican president since 1901 has insisted that the US is a democracy

Facebook25 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 25Anyone who works on civic education or grassroots civic engagement will sooner or later encounter critics who say, “The US is not a democracy–it is a republic” as if that were a profound objection to teaching or practicing democratic values. In a longer … Continue reading

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off to look at colleges

Facebook127 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 127I am not going to blog this week because we are visiting colleges with someone who looked like this when I started blogging. I’ll be back on Feb 22.

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Association for Moral Education 2016 conference theme is civic engagement

Facebook20 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 20(Arlington, VA) Tisch College is a cosponsor of the Association for Moral Education’s 42nd Annual Conference: 8–11th December, 2016 at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA, USA Conference Theme: Civic engagement: a cultural revolution? The … Continue reading

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Korsgaard on animals and ethics

Facebook6 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 6(Northern Virginia) I made some comments about animal rights and welfare at one of the Tisch Talks in the Humanities last week. I have contributed no original scholarship on this topic, nor even followed the vast literature … Continue reading

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what the Sanders youth phenomenon means for the future

Facebook32 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 32(En route from NYC to DC) Early reports from the New Hampshire exit polls suggest that Sen. Sanders won about 8 in 10 voters under 30. Follow CIRCLE tomorrow for exclusive estimates of the size of the … Continue reading

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