fourth annual Summer Institute of Civic Studies

The fourth annual Summer Institute of Civic Studies will be an intensive, two-week, interdisciplinary seminar at Tisch College, Tufts University. It will bring together advanced graduate students, faculty, and practitioners from diverse fields of study for challenging discussions of questions such as the following:

  • What kinds of citizens (if any) do good regimes need?
  • What should such citizens know, believe, and do?
  • What practices and institutional structures promote the right kinds of citizenship?
  • What ought to be the relationships among empirical evidence, ethics, and strategy?

The daily sessions will take place from July 9-19, 2012, at the Tufts campus in Medford, MA. The seminar will be followed (from July 19 at 6 pm until July 21 at 3 pm) by a public conference in downtown Boston on similar themes. Participants in the seminar are required to stay for the public conference. See reflections on the 2011 conference here:

The Institute is organized by Peter Levine, Tisch College, Tufts University, and Karol Soltan, University of Maryland, with guest seminars by distinguished colleagues from various institutions and organizations. The 2012 syllabus is still under development but will repeat much of the same content as in 2011. You can also read more about the motivation for the Institute in the “Framing Statement.”

Tuition is free, but students are responsible for their own housing and transportation. A Tufts University dormitory room can be rented for $230-$280/week. Credit is not automatically offered but special arrangements for graduate credit may be possible.

To apply, please email your resume, an electronic copy of your graduate transcript (if applicable), and a cover email about your interests to Peter dot Levine at Tufts dot edu. You may also sign up for occasional announcements even if you are not sure that you wish to apply

For best consideration, apply no later than March 16, 2012.

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About Peter

Associate Dean for Research and the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University's Tisch College of Civic Life. Concerned about civic education, civic engagement, and democratic reform in the United States and elsewhere.