Monthly Archives: August 2019

civically engaged research in political science #APSA2019

Facebook24 Twitter1Total25(Washington, DC) Rogers Smith concluded his presidential address at the American Political Science Association’s annual meeting with a call for more engaged scholarship, which I would define as co-producing knowledge with people who belong to the communities being studied. … Continue reading

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courses that count for the Civic Studies major at Tufts, fall 2019

Facebook48 Twitter1Total49Required Introductory Course: CVS 0020/PHIL 0020/PS 0020: Introduction to Civic Studies (Brian Schaffer, Peter Levine) (The syllabus from last semester is here, but it will change somewhat.) Thinking about Justice: ENG 176/CVS 0110/PJS 176/ENV 176: Earth Matters (Elizabeth Ammons) … Continue reading

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on gaffes as evidence of sincere beliefs

Facebook5 Twitter3Total8Among the many millions of words that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton uttered over the past decade are these two statements. Obama: “They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion …” Clinton: “you could put half of Trump’s supporters … Continue reading

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conservative engaged scholarship

Facebook30 Twitter1Total31For the sake of argument, let’s define “engaged scholarship” as … The organized production of knowledge by groups that include some professional academic researchers and some people who are not academics and belong to the communities, populations, or organizations … Continue reading

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Garret Hardin and the extreme right

Facebook26 Twitter1Total27Garret Hardin’s 1968 Science article entitled “The Tragedy of the Commons” has been cited more than 40,000 times. It is appropriately influential, since the problem he analyzed is pervasive and profound. The example of global warming could kill us … Continue reading

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CIRCLE’s “growing voters” framework

Facebook12 Twitter0Total12CIRCLE has released its framework for “growing voters” (as an alternative to mobilizing people just in time to vote one way or the other in an election). This short slide deck is a summary; much more information is here. … Continue reading

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Google Translate is not good at classical Greek

Facebook4 Twitter1Total5Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound, lines 19-35, in my amateur translation: Prometheus, you will always suffer under One tyrant or another, uncomforted: That’s the price of befriending people. A god, you didn’t fear the rage of gods When you gave mortals … Continue reading

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American civics versus socialism?

Facebook21 Twitter5Total26Announcing his reelection campaign, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) made two claims about civic education: 1) “What’s at stake in 2020 is nothing less than a choice between American civics and socialism,” Sasse said. ‘”Those are the stakes.” 2) Sasse … Continue reading

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Moral Foundations theory and political processes

Facebook17 Twitter1Total18Moral Foundations theory is an important body of research that has generated significant findings. It belongs to a somewhat larger category of research about morality that has these features: Many individuals are asked for their moral judgments of hypothetical … Continue reading

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