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February 10, 2003

journalism and political theory

Most of my time is spent planning for the launch of our report on k-12 civic education, The Civic Mission of Schools. At a press conference on Thursday, it will be "received" by John Bridgeland, Advisor to the President and Director of USA Freedom Corps, in the presence of the presidents of The Pew Charitable Trusts and Carnegie Corporation of New York, and others. So there are millions of practical details to attend to.

Meanwhile, my colleagues and I filed an interim report with the Kettering Foundation, describing our progress on a project involving journalism and political theory. We're trying to figure out how each discipline might learn from and benefit the other. As an experiment, two graduate students (under the direction of a philosophy professor and a journalism professor) are creating a Website presenting ideas from political theory in a format useful to working journalists. The idea is to learn what kind of philosophy would be practically relevant—and what journalists should learn from philosophers. The students have decided to focus the Website itself on war and democratic theory. The central issues to be addressed are (1) the uneasy relationship between national security and civil liberties in a democratic society; (2) freedom of information, and especially press access to information in time of war; and (3) the implications of a professional military for the health of a democracy.

Posted by peterlevine at February 10, 2003 04:45 PM