Monthly Archives: September 2019

why I am optimistic about the impeachment process

Facebook24 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 26I find myself less anxious than most friends and commentators. Here are my largely sanguine responses to several current concerns about the impeachment process: It’s a mistake to focus on one specific scandal. Congress should persuade the … Continue reading

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only in America!

Facebook57 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 58When informed that the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ireland, was Jewish, Yogi Berra exclaimed, “Only in America!” I was in the jury pool in Middlesex County, Mass. a couple of weeks ago. Of the dozen cases before … Continue reading

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community engagement and student success in college

Facebook9 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 10You can now get the recording and associated slides for the AAC&U webinar entitled “The Confounding Promise of Community: Why It Matters More Than Ever for Student Success.” I was a bit of an outlier because I … Continue reading

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for Irina

Facebook16 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 17Little Irina Antonovna, six,Took it upon herself to write to her aunt,Laboriously addressing it to:”Region of Petrograd, Max Heltz factory.”Why did she write this letter? Well, her father:Ten years in the camps for being a scholar,Dead by … Continue reading

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college student turnout more than doubled in 2018

Facebook42 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 43My colleagues at the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education here at Tisch College have released their national report on the 2018 election and sent detailed specific reports to each of the roughly 1,031 colleges and universities … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Warren in a tradition of radical American progressivism

Facebook22 Twitter1 Google+2Total: 25A lively and valuable debate is underway about whether Senator Sanders or Warren should carry the flag of the left. Considering that Sanders calls himself a “socialist,” and Warren says she’s pro-“market,” it’s worth thinking about what … Continue reading

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The National Commission on Civic Renewal, A Nation of Spectators

Facebook31 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 32In 1997, the National Commission on Civic Renewal published its report, A Nation of Spectators: How Civic Disengagement Weakens America and What We Can Do About It. The Commission was partly a response to Robert Putnam’s 1995 … Continue reading

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we should be debating the big social and political paradigms

Facebook14 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 15[The following post is inspired by Rogers Smith’s recent APSA presidential address, and I believe is consistent with it, but I incorporate some additional elements.] Consider a sample of articles about politics, or society more generally. One … Continue reading

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AAC&U Webinar: Sept 19 2019

Facebook8 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 9“The Confounding Promise of Community: Why It Matters More Than Ever for Student Success,” September 19, 2019; Online, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (ET) In this webinar, I’ll be discussing my recent article in Liberal Education entitled, “Another Time for … Continue reading

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translations from Kuruntokai

Facebook7 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 8Kuruntokai (The Short Collection) is an anthology of classical Tamil verse collected by Pooriko Nachinarkiniyar in the sixth or the seventh century CE. The poems are lyrics of love and longing. Apparently they offer layers of religious … Continue reading

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