(This post offers the a second student analysis of Twilight of Democracy. Click to learn more about the segment and the series, From the Field.) In a time where our government seeks to promote democracy across the world, Twilight of Democracy is a warning not to forget about protecting domestic democracy. In this book, author Anne Applebaum informs readers […]

(This post offers the first student analysis of Twilight of Democracy. Click to learn more about the segment and the series, From the Field.)   While reading through Anne Applebaum’s Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism, you hear of all the elbow-rubbing Applebaum has done with the political elite and academics – some of whom she […]

(This post is the first of a set on Anne Applebaum’s Twilight of Democracy.  Click to learn more about the segment and the series, From the Field.) Our capstone students engaged this latest text, focused on the trajectory of democracy around the world and at home, with rich and nuanced thought, conversation and writing.  Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, Anne […]

(This post is the next in Readings in Reconciliation.  Click to learn more about the segment and the series, From the Field.) Is there such a thing as “we” in America, and has this idea shifted with time? Putnam attempts to answer this by charting out the curve “we” has taken over the course of the last […]

(This post is the next in Readings in Reconciliation.  Click to learn more about the segment and the series, From the Field.) Robert Putnam, of the Bowling Alone fame brings his wisdom once again to the current discussion on the polarized political climate that the United States finds itself. Putnam looks to analyze political, economic, social, and […]

  (This post is the first of a set on Robert Putnam’s The Upswing.  Click to learn more about the segment and the series, From the Field.) Conversation in our capstone course this semester has been full thus far!  Students have asked really compelling questions and exemplified the kinds of interactions that would serve our public sphere – […]

(This post is the next in the segment Readings in Reconciliation and focuses on Adam Grant’s Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know.  Click to learn more about the segment and the series, From the Field.) In today’s highly polarized society, it has become increasingly common to critique the “other” and simply dismiss their views as […]

(This post is the next in the segment Readings in Reconciliation and focuses on Adam Grant’s Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know.  Click to learn more about the segment and the series, From the Field.) The main point of Grant’s book, unsurprisingly, is getting us to ‘think again’. “The goal is not to be wrong […]

  (This post is the next in the segment Readings in Reconciliation and focuses on Adam Grant’s Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know.  Click to learn more about the segment and the series, From the Field.)   The question posed by Adam Grant’s Think Again is knowing when to think again. Grant defines ‘thinking again’ […]

  (This post is the next in the segment Readings in Reconciliation and focuses on Adam Grant’s Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know.  Click to learn more about the segment and the series, From the Field.)   Admitting the need to think again can be difficult. The first time I found myself […]

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