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Where you read it first | Friday, June 14, 2024

Sam Berman


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Why do we vote? Tracing the roots of active citizenship

“I voted,” reads the sticker, but don’t let the simplicity of the message fool you. What else lies behind those words? “We know that the image of an active and engaged citizen is really central to people’s ideas of American identity,” Deborah Schildkraut, professor of political science, said. “I like to refer to it as an aspirational identity. … We think of [a good American] as someone who is active and informed and who votes in elections.”

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Tufts’ Master of Philosophy program promotes philosophical passion, community

“If I could choose one book to bring with me to a desert island, … it would absolutely be Plato’s ‘Republic.’ … I teach it every year, and I still discover new and exciting things, it still makes me think; it is by far my favorite book ever,” said Christiana Olfert, associate professor and director of graduate studies in philosophy at Tufts, who oversees the the top-ranked terminal master’s in philosophy program in the nation according to The Philosophical Gourmet Report. 

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