Monthly Archives: April 2018

deliberation or simulated deliberation? choices for the classroom

Facebook54 Twitter0Total54In an article published today (“Deliberation or Simulated Deliberation?” in Democracy and Education, 26, 1, Article 7), I respond to a valuable previous piece by Margaret S. Crocco and her colleagues, “Deliberating Public Policy Issues with Adolescents: Classroom Dynamics and Sociocultural … Continue reading

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Trump at the confluence of populism, chauvinism, and celebrity

Facebook5 Twitter0Total5Donald Trump says many things. Some are innocuous and banal. Quite a few are inconsistent. And some provide evidence that he belongs in these three categories: A “populist” in the particular sense proposed by Jan-Werner Müller. (I also like … Continue reading

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Michael A. Rebell, Flunking Democracy: Schools, Courts, and Civic Participation

Facebook20 Twitter0Total20 This is a very important new book: Michael A. Rebell, Flunking Democracy: Schools, Courts, and Civic Participation (University of Chicago Press, 2018). My blurb on the back cover says, “Michael Rebell makes a powerful and original case that litigation … Continue reading

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May 3-4 Conference: Creating Civic Competence: the Critical Challenges

Facebook40 Twitter0Total40The New Civics Early Career Scholars’ Program & The Civic and Moral Education Initiative in partnership with The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics invite you to a conference on Creating Civic Competence: the Critical Challenges. May 3-4 Larsen Hall Harvard Graduate School of Education Preparing … Continue reading

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the I and the we: civic insights from Christian theology

Facebook14 Twitter0Total14Let’s assume that individuals have ethical responsibilities: each of us must strive to do what is right. However, our knowledge, self-discipline, and capacity to influence the world are all severely limited. Therefore, we are obliged to participate in groups … Continue reading

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the politics of student debt

Facebook31 Twitter0Total31When Democratic political candidates are asked about “youth,” often the first issue that comes to their minds is college affordability. For example, when Hillary Clinton was asked during a Democratic primary debate about how she would reach Millennials, her … Continue reading

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Jan-Werner Müller and Rick Valelly at Tisch College

Facebook4 Twitter0Total4Join Princeton’s Jan-Werner Müller (author, most recently, of What is Populism? which has been translated into more than 20 languages in two years) and Swarthmore’s Rick Valelly (author of The Two Reconstructions: The Struggle for Black Enfranchisement and many other books) for a … Continue reading

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the right to strike

Facebook18 Twitter0Total18Yesterday, Alexander Gourevitch from Brown University spoke on “The Right to Strike.” I won’t try to summarize (or scoop) the argument of his forthcoming paper, except to say that Gourevitch uses an account of oppression to give a strong … Continue reading

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what if something is not your problem?

Facebook19 Twitter0Total19I frame a most of my research and teaching around the question, “What should we do?” I’d even define a citizen as someone who asks that question. In academic contexts, I argue that this question is complex and under-theorized: it … Continue reading

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agenda for Frontiers of Democracy 2018 is taking shape

Facebook11 Twitter0Total11There is still room to register and pay to hold a spot for Frontiers of Democracy 2018 (June 21-23 in Boston). Although many slots on the agenda are filled, there is still room for a few more proposals for sessions or presentations. The … Continue reading

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