CCR Blog

Learning to Make Reflection—Asking Why? How? What Next?—a Priority

Jun 29 2012 Tim Fosbury
The word "Why?" on a sheet of notebook paper
When we consider the questions the Center for Civic Reflection asks, community bonds are tightened, imaginative solutions are offered, and the desire to continue to be civically engaged is revitalized.

At the small liberal arts college where I went to school, service was a priority amongst the students, staff, and faculty. Somewhere around 50% of students performed a couple hours…

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The Role of Civic Reflection in a Technologically Interconnected World

Apr 26 2012 Becca Bernstein
People walking around using technological communication
I firmly believe that civic reflection is a way for people in our technologically interconnected world to feel more connected again.

As I read Sherry Turkle’s April 2012 article in The New York Times, “The Flight from Conversation,” I couldn’t help thinking about civic reflection. In the article, Turkle discusses our…

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What Socrates Can Tell Us about What Constitutes Dialogue

Mar 19 2012 Adam Davis
Socrates statuette
If Socrates' interactions do model dialogue, his example gives rise to a number of questions. Is dialogue’s chief goal good learning? Or might it be the case that dialogue is good not for what it produces but for what it is?

Dialogue is what this piece is not. Dialogue is an exchange, a back and forth. You say something, I say something, you say something, I say something, and then we,…

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