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Muirhead on Partisanship
Government Professor Russ Muirhead, the College’s Robert Clements Associate Professor of Democracy and Politics, offered a thoughtful set of remarks to Bloomberg News the other day before the Republican candidates’ debate. As he opines in his classes, Muirhead believes that a President’s central obligation is to prod the two houses of Congress to rise above partisanship and govern together. He observes that Barack Obama, notwithstanding his postpartisan aspirations, has been unable to reconcile the rival partisan positions of the parties.
A Rhodes Scholar (Oxford 1990), Muirhead skied on the varsity team at Harvard, earning his undergraduate degree there in 1988 and his Ph. D. in 1997. He taught at Williams and Harvard, where he won the the Roselyn Abramson Teacher Award, and at the University of Texas at Austin, before coming to Hanover in 2009. He is the author of Just Work (Harvard University Press, 2004) and a forthcoming book, A Defense of Party Spirit (Harvard University Press), which explores the role of partisanship in a democracy.
This past summer Professor Muirhead taught a seminar on political speech : twelve bright sophomores — several of whom had already taken other courses with him — and one frisky alum. We read and listened to great political oration from the past three millennia, had a couple of wonderful class dinners chez moi, and debated pretty much everything. That’s what Dartmouth is all about.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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