Monthly Archives: October 2019

we are lucky with our right-wing authoritarian

Facebook32 Twitter1Total33(Washington, DC) At today’s Deliberative Democracy Consortium’s Research & Practice Meeting on “Deliberative Democracy and Human Cognition,” Shawn W. Rosenberg made a point that I have often considered but never expressed. Here is the background to the point: A … Continue reading

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work and play and civic life

Facebook8 Twitter1Total9(My notes for a talk this evening at a Ludics Seminar at Harvard’s Mahindra Center on “The Role of Play in Human Evolution and Public Life: Work, or Play?”) It is very common to distinguish politics or civic life from both work … Continue reading

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gratitude

Facebook59 Twitter1Total60(Provo, UT) I am at Brigham Young University, discussing civic engagement with insightful faculty and students, against a background of cold, clear mountains. Within the past two weeks, I have had somewhat similar conversations inside the classroom of a … Continue reading

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MassForward event: Advancing Democratic Innovation and Electoral Reform in Massachusetts

Facebook4 Twitter1Total5Please Join MassForward for “Advancing Democratic Innovation and Electoral Reform in Massachusetts” (Register Here) Wednesday, November 13, 2019 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Continental breakfast will be available at 8:00 a.m. The Edgerley Center for Civic Leadership at the Boston … Continue reading

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The Role of Social Movements in Fostering Sounder Public Judgment

Facebook28 Twitter2Total30Public Agenda has released the first papers in their series on “Sounder Public Judgment.” Among them is my paper on “The Role of Social Movements in Fostering Sounder Public Judgment.” It’s a short essay but it has several objectives: … Continue reading

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teaching about institutions, in a prison

Facebook17 Twitter1Total18The Tufts University Prison Initiative of the Tisch College of Civic Life (TUPIT) is my institution’s contribution to the national movement for prison education. Colleges and universities are offering classes, degree programs, and special events for people in prisons or for … Continue reading

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how to assess candidates in a presidential primary

Facebook9 Twitter1Total10Voters in a primary are a bit like members of a hiring committee. They have a batch of eager candidates and must choose one to represent their party and–they hope–hold the office. I have served on dozens of hiring … Continue reading

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Deliberative Democracy Consortium conference on whether deliberation is feasible

Facebook39 Twitter1Total40From this official registration page: On October 30 and 31, the Deliberative Democracy Consortium is convening researchers, scholars, and deliberative democracy practitioners in Washington, D.C., to explore the intersection of deliberative democracy with human cognition, social and emotional intelligence, and … Continue reading

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decoding institutions

Facebook12 Twitter3Total15Today I presented at Tufts’ Science, Technology & Society lunch seminar series on how knowledge and power interrelate. My basic thesis was that knowledge is produced by institutions, which are fields of power. Assessing knowledge therefore requires analyzing institutions … Continue reading

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revisiting Against Deliberation in the age of Trump

Facebook16 Twitter1Total17In Introduction to Civic Studies, we recently discussed Lynn M. Sanders, “Against Deliberation,” Political Theory, June 1997 v.25 no. 3 Here are some illustrative arguments from her important piece: “Appeals to deliberation, I will argue, have often been fraught … Continue reading

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