Monthly Archives: June 2019

the First Ibero-American Meeting of Civic Studies

Facebook25 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 26This week is the 11th annual Summer Institute of Civic Studies at Tufts’ Tisch College, and we are discussing such topics as identities versus interests and opinions and Gandhi versus Jinnah on means and ends. (The links … Continue reading

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what the student debt proposals convey

Facebook22 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 23Elizabeth Warren proposes to pay off $50,000 of college debt for everyone with household income under $100,000. Bernie Sanders proposes to pay off all $1.5 trillion of today’s student debt. They also offer proposals for making college … Continue reading

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Gandhi versus Jinnah on means and ends

Facebook7 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 8(Posted while leading the 11th annual Summer Institute of Civic Studies, on questions like this one.) A major theme in Gandhi’s thought it the primacy of means over ends. In 1924, some Indian political leaders proposed the … Continue reading

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the metaphor of going into a community

Facebook22 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 24Researchers, students, government officials, organizers, activists–lots of people talk about “going into communities.” Although I resist the rhetorical move of “problematizing” everything, I think this metaphor deserves scrutiny. It assumes that communities are physically located and bounded, … Continue reading

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engaged political science

Facebook62 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 63Today we begin the American Political Science Association’s Institute of Civically Engaged Research (ICER) at Tisch College. The participants are about 20 political scientists–PhD candidates and current professors–who are interested in engaged scholarship. I am leading the … Continue reading

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Frontiers of Democracy and summer institutes: coming up

Facebook33 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 34The more-or-less final agenda for Frontiers of Democracy 2019 is up. We are oversold. If you want to attend and don’t have a ticket, you can email me to get on the waiting list. The talks on … Continue reading

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how a mixed economy shapes our mentalities

Facebook5 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 6(On my way to London for a small conference on Friedrich Hayek and Elinor and Vincent Ostrom). These are some of the activities that we undertake as we organize social activity in a mixed 21st century economy: … Continue reading

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“the body of us all”: Anne Carson’s “The Glass Essay”

Facebook4 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 5Anne Carson’s long poem entitled “The Glass Essay” relates how the narrator, having been dumped by her romantic partner, goes home to Canada to visit her mother (a difficult-sounding person–prone to rehashing old criticisms) and her father, … Continue reading

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