Our young people are called to change the world. How can you change the world without engaging the world? To engage the world, we must prepare students for what they will encounter outside the safety net of the university.
A new way of thinking about the inner wounds of soldiers and vets is emerging. In war, some -- perhaps most, perhaps all -- participants suffer from moral injury, a transgression of deep belief in how to treat others.
Communities with more civic engagement in 2006 suffered less from unemployment during and after the Great Recession, even when other possible explanations were factored in. Nonprofit organizations played an important role.
Barack Obama is committed to securing our borders and establishing a path to citizenship for those responsible immigrants already in this country. Mitt Romney seems intent on becoming the most anti-immigrant U.S. presidential candidate in modern history.
Which vision and version of citizenship is correct? The answer should be both. Early in this 21st century, however, where partisanship has been elevated to the new art of war it appears that neither may be.
What do you vision, not just for your children, but for all of the children in America? What is your vision for the future of energy? Do you see a country becoming more reliant on its own energy resources? Do you think that renewable energy sources are being pursued with enough vigor?
On June 14, I spoke at a naturalization ceremony. In that brief moment, and since, I have been able to reflect on what the oath that was taken by those people from 33 different nations means to me, someone that was lucky enough to be born an American citizen.
Because nearly all of the economic debate between progressives and conservatives in 2012 -- reenacted ad nauseam in Congress, around water coolers, and on cable TV -- boils down to this question: Is the free market, left to itself, the greatest guarantor of human happiness?
In the Republican convention this week, we have a specter of what that might look like. Citizenship and the commonwealth are disappearing like the cat in Alice in Wonderland. It is up to all of us to bring them back.
While I am always impressed by how much Bill Gates gives, I am blown away by ordinary citizens that make it their mission to raise a couple thousand dollars to make a community project happen in their neighborhood.
This is a momentous week for immigration reform advocates in Congress. As a nation we are taking a step forward in a collective fight for immigration reform that respects the dignity of immigrant communities and recognizes their contributions to making our country great.
The emergence of social movements such as the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement demonstrates to ordinary citizens that their collective voice can have a powerful impact, particularly when expressed with the maturity and dignity of non-violence.
The fact is, the face of the American labor force is changing, and we don't have anyone's talent to spare. As both the U.S. Secretary of Labor and the proud daughter of immigrants, I know that each time the American Dream comes true, our entire nation is the richer for it.
When we relieve citizens of their obligations to the government and each other and relieve those who govern from needing to consult voters, we weaken citizenship. What we may save in tax dollars today we may lose in democracy tomorrow.