Impact University: Civic Engagement/ Demographics

New York Times

The Opiate of Exceptionalism >

Shane, S. (2012-10-19, The New York Times): "Of their serious presidential candidates, and even of their presidents, Americans demand constant reassurance that their country, their achievements and their values are extraordinary." The New York Times reporter Scott Shane discusses American voters' expectations of optimism in the 2012 political climate.

Civic Engagement/ Demographics

Bipartisanship Isn’t for Wimps, After All >

Brooks, A. (2016-04-09, The New York Times): "The next few months are an opportunity for people who care about politics and policy. Each of us can be one part of the solution America needs to become a more pluralistic, tolerant country, in which differences are part of a competition of ideas, and not a ghastly holy war of ideologies." The New York Times contributor Arthur C. Brooks discusses the breakdown of party relations in America and how we should fight to regain political peace and cooperation.

Civic Engagement/ Demographics

Why Giving Back Isn’t Enough >

Walker, D. (2015-12-17, The New York Times): Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, discusses the benefits and the shortcomings of the modern philanthropy model, saying "we each must do our part to ensure that giving not only makes us feel better, but also makes our society more just."

Civic Engagement/ Demographics

What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets >

Sandel describes a shift in the U.S. from a market economy to a market society. As market values replace older norms for managing challenges such as health care and education, he forces us to consider the moral limits of markets.

Civic Engagement/ Demographics

Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community >

Civic engagement hinges on being in touch with one's community, but the modern neighborhood has become cold and solitary. Putnam underlines the many reasons this should be concerning for us as a nation and shows how we can reconnect.

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