Monthly Archives: April 2018

deliberation or simulated deliberation? choices for the classroom

Facebook54 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 54In 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 … Continue reading

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Trump at the confluence of populism, chauvinism, and celebrity

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5Donald 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 … Continue reading

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

Facebook20 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 20 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 … Continue reading

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

Facebook40 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 40The 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 … Continue reading

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the I and the we: civic insights from Christian theology

Facebook14 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 14Let’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 … Continue reading

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the politics of student debt

Facebook31 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 31When 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 … Continue reading

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Jan-Werner Müller and Rick Valelly at Tisch College

Facebook4 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 4Join 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) … Continue reading

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the right to strike

Facebook18 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 18Yesterday, 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 … Continue reading

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what if something is not your problem?

Facebook19 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 19I 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 … Continue reading

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agenda for Frontiers of Democracy 2018 is taking shape

Facebook11 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 11There 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 … Continue reading

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