Monthly Archives: November 2017

spring courses on civic engagement

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13Tufts University offers many courses relevant to civic engagement. The Tisch College of Civic Life makes some of these courses possible each semester, thus contributing to the available opportunities for Tufts students. Here is the list of our … Continue reading

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past scholarship on government shutdowns

Facebook6 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 6The probability seems fairly high that the federal government will shut down in December or January when Congress fails to pass appropriations bills or a continuing resolution. Previous research suggests: GDP growth might lose .1 percentage point … Continue reading

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effects of school climate on civic engagement

Facebook21 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 21Sarah K. Bruch (Iowa) and Joe Soss (Minnesota) are conducting important research on the relationships between school climate and young people’s civic engagement. They have more research in the pipeline, but their working paper entitled “Learning where we stand: … Continue reading

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timely quotes from Bayard Rustin (1965)

Facebook18 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 18Two years after organizing the March on Washington, Bayard Rustin made the following arguments in “From Protest to Politics: The Future of the Civil Rights Movement” (Commentary, 2/39, Feb. 1965). By calling these points “timely,” I don’t … Continue reading

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people trust authoritarian governments most

Facebook30 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 30(Philadelphia) This Edelman international poll shows that trust in government is low in most countries and declining almost everywhere. But five important countries stand out as exceptions. People trust the world’s largest single-party state, an absolute monarchy, … Continue reading

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a college class on equality

Facebook15 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 15This is an outline of a class discussion that seemed to work pretty well this morning. The reading is T.M. Scanlon’s “When Does Equality Matter?” Scanlon offers five reasons that a given difference among people may be … Continue reading

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Menemsha, Nov. 2017

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5The green belly of a wave stretches, tautens Under its own mass–filaments or nerves Of paler green stretching to their limits As the body, relentless, falls forward. But the wave is a hybrid creature, its Sober underside … Continue reading

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tools for the #resistance

Facebook20 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 20I was in Eau Claire, WI, on Sunday and honored to present to a large group of active citizens convened by a local Indivisible chapter and other parts of the #resistance. I offered five tools for thinking … Continue reading

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principles for researcher-practitioner collaboration

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13(Brief remarks at an Ash Center/Kennedy School of Government meeting on redistricting reform) I know less than anyone in this room about districting, but I do have experience with several networks of researchers and practitioners who have … Continue reading

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a real surge in youth voting

Facebook31 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 31According to CIRCLE, youth turnout has doubled in Virginia over the past three gubernatorial races, from 17% of eligible young people in 2009 to 34% yesterday. Virginians under the age of 30 also tilted dramatically to the … Continue reading

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