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The Civic State of the Union

The is a liveblog of the “The Civic State of the Union” panel on March 7, 2017, part of the Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series at Tufts University. The video is on YouTube. Note: this is not a transcript, any errors are mine.


* Robert D. Putnam, Harvard University
* Shirley Sagawa, Service Year Alliance
* Peter Levine, Tufts University
* Mara Liasson, NPR (moderator)

Is the Civic State of the Union strong, and if not how do we go about strengthening it?

Philosophy and Civic Engagement

Last Friday, April 26, 2013, I attended the Philosophy and Civic Engagement symposium at Tufts University. Three speakers looked at different philosophical aspects of civic engagement: Anthony Laden of the University of Illinois at Chicago discussed the importance of reasoning as a social, interactive practice in democratic citizenship, Meira Levinson of Harvard Graduate School of Education investigated the pros and cons of redefining civic action beyond public activities, and Peter Levine of Tufts University and CIRCLE discussed the philosophical aspects of his forthcoming book: We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For. Below are my notes from their talks.

All the Lawyers Agree: There is a Crisis in Civics

On Monday, I attended the conference Civics Education: Why it Matters to Democracy, Society and You co-presented by Harvard Law School and the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools. I liveblogged all four panels for the Center for Civic Media:Logo from the iCivics game 'We the Jury'

I want to summarize some of the key points made by panelists and in questions from the audience. But more importantly, I want to respond to what I think were some glaring omissions in the discussion.

Ethan Zuckerman's DML Keynote: Beyond “The Crisis in Civics”

Liveblogging Ethan Zuckerman’s Keynote at the Digital Media Learning conference in Chicago

Ethan Zuckerman is Director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT Media Lab. He has been a member of MacArthur’s Youth and Participatory Politics network. Before that, he was a Fellow at the Berkman Center, and has a long history of thinking about technology’s role in civic and political engagement.

Civic Media: Engaging, Opening, and Improving Communities

My name is M. C. McGrath. I am a student at Boston University who is taking the Intro to Civic Media class this fall. I have been around the Media Lab a bit for the past three years as a research intern in Affective Computing but lately I have gotten quite interested in the work of the Civic Media group. These past two years I have gotten involved in the free information and Occupy movements. I am one of the founders of a nonprofit called Civic Counsel that creates technology to promote civic engagement, makes tools for activists, and teaches people how to use the tools we create and others.

Expressing, Engaging, Reacting: Civic Engagement in an Online Community of Young Creators

This collaborative blog post summarizes the project Ricarose Roque and I have been working on for the Introduction to Civic Media class (CMS 860).