Monthly Archives: September 2016

the world’s first and only Civic Studies rap

Facebook33 Twitter0Total33(Washington) And now for something different … My colleague Prof. Jonathan Garlick was a participant in last summer’s Institute of Civic Studies at Tufts’ Tisch College of Civic Life. After two weeks of wrestling with theorists like Jurgen Habermas and … Continue reading

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the grammar of the four Noble Truths

Facebook6 Twitter0Total6We’re reading about Buddhist ethics in my Introduction to Philosophy course, and the Four Noble Truths are our focus. Here is how the first Truth is presented in the Sermon at Benares (attributed to the Buddha himself): “Now, this, O bhikkhus [monks], is the noble … Continue reading

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help shape the strategy for civic renewal in America

Facebook62 Twitter0Total62The 2016 Annual Conference on Citizenship is co-hosted and co-planned by my colleagues and me at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University and will specifically focus on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in civic life. Unless we … Continue reading

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what people mean when they say that Trump or Clinton is honest

Facebook31 Twitter0Total31It flabbergasts many people to learn that more Americans view Trump rather than Clinton as “honest and trustworthy” (35% versus 33%), even though we can read in The New York Times, “A Week of Whoppers from Donald Trump”; in The Washington Post, “Trump’s Week … Continue reading

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A New Model for Citizen Engagement

Facebook46 Twitter0Total46Myung J. Lee, the executive director of Cities of Service, and I have an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review that is free to read or download until November 17. We define citizen engagement as a combination of deliberation (communicating … Continue reading

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first year college students and moral relativism

Facebook12 Twitter0Total12Justin McBrayer, a philosophy professor, wrote not long ago in The New York Times, “philosophy professors with whom I have spoken suggest that the overwhelming majority of college freshmen in their classrooms view moral claims as mere opinions that … Continue reading

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CIRCLE identifies top 50 congressional districts for the youth vote

Facebook5 Twitter0Total5Medford/Somerville, MA – Will the youth vote help shape the next Congress? A new index ranks the top 50 districts where young people could have a significant influence on the outcome of Congressional races across the country. The Youth … Continue reading

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social justice should not be a cliché

Facebook22 Twitter0Total22We should strive for social justice. But what is it? I fear that the phrase can be used to mean: “All the things that we’d like to see in a society.” In that case, anyone who doesn’t commit to pursue “social … Continue reading

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three ways of thinking about fluctuations in polls

Facebook10 Twitter0Total10With the national presidential polls suddenly looking very tight, here are three ways of looking at the state of the election. An election is like a race. As in a race, the contenders stand in some relation to each other at … Continue reading

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how schools teach about political parties

Facebook19 Twitter0Total19According to a new paper released today by CIRCLE: Forty-three states require students to learn about political parties; however, the language in the standards nearly always promotes a simplistic understanding of the role that political parties play in a … Continue reading

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